Federal lawsuit aims to halt burial of deadly nuclear waste on beach
Complaint seeks to prevent beachfront burial of waste deadly to all life for at least 250,000 years.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Today, Public Watchdogs announced that it is suing the United States Department of Defense, the U.S. Navy, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric on the grounds that the defendants lack the legal authority to bury nuclear waste on the beach at San Onofre State Beach Park.
The lawsuit, which was filed by environmental lawyer Cory Briggs of the Briggs Law Corporation on behalf of the nonprofit consumer protection group, Public Watchdogs, seeks a court injunction to prevent Southern California Edison’s December, 2017 burial of millions of pounds of deadly high- level nuclear waste. Edison intends to bury the lethal waste 108 feet from one of America’s most cherished surfing and swimming beaches. The waste is deadly for millions of years, but under the current plan, it will be stored in a system that is only warranted to last ten years (get a copy of the warranty).
Once completed, the San Onofre Beachfront Nuclear Waste Dump will be the largest privately operated high-level waste dump in the United States. Edison’s new dump is located in a tsunami inundation zone, on top of an earthquake fault line, and in the center of one of the most densely populated regions in the USA. Its proximity to the LOSSAN rail corridor, the second busiest in the country, and Interstate 5 also poses unprecedented regional economic risk.
Southern California Edison’s plans to bury the waste were recently accelerated after a lawsuit designed to revoke the permit resulted in a secretly negotiated out-of-court settlement.
A countdown clock showing the estimated date of burial is at the plaintiff’s web site at www.publicwatchdogs.org
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