More than 72 transportation professionals attended the Women in Transportation Seminar on the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and the government’s plans to store 1.6 million pounds of deadly nuclear waste in steel drums 100 feet from the beach. The speakers discussed public safety issues, such as the fact that the steel casks are warrantied by the manufacturer for only 20 years, while the radioactive waste inside the casks is deadly to humans for millions of years.
Attendees and speakers were traffic planning engineers, concerned political leaders, infrastructure engineers, public interest attorneys, nuclear physicists, rail industry representatives, investigative reporters, and others.
The Annual WTS Legislative Committee Program was convened because of concerns about nuclear threats to the LOSSAN rail corridor. LOSSAN is the second busiest rail corridor in the nation. It transects six counties covering an area larger than Eastern Europe. Five rail lines critical to West Coast passenger and goods movement. If for any reason this vital corridor became disabled by a nuclear incident, Southern California and trade with Mexico and the Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles would be terminated.