People who surf near the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) are rumored to occasionally report a metallic taste in their mouth while surfing.
Southern California Edison (SCE), the owners of the shuttered nuke plant, use a system called “Dilute and Discharge,” to dump radioactive water from its spent nuclear fuel pools into the Pacific Ocean. The spent fuel pools contain radioactive spent fuel assemblies that are deadly for tens of thousands of years.
A metallic taste in the mouth is a symptom of radiation poisoning at a high dose. It is common in those who have gone through chemotherapy. Radiation has been known to alter the “taste sensation” from radiation to the taste buds. The metallic taste effect is caused by radiation induced brain damage.
One survivor of the accident at Three Mile Island said, “the air smelled like metal. It was overwhelming. I could taste metal in my mouth. It seemed as though every taste bud in my mouth could sense the smell.”
Another survivor recounts, “I experienced a metal taste and queasy stomach. I felt funny.”
Since surfers near the decommissioned power plant are reporting similar symptoms in San Onofre, it could mean that Edison could be dumping mass quantities of nuclear waste right by San Clemente’s Wheeler North Reef, an artificial reef that is struggling to take-off. The “cloudy water” diluted by Edison blocks the light from the kelp beds and damages the reef.
SCE spent over $40 million to attempt to compensate for the environmental damages by building the reef and replacing the kelp beds, but the reef has become too harsh of an environment for aquatic life to truly to thrive.
You can click here to get a notice of the next scheduled dump of radiation into the Pacific Ocean at SONGS.
The public has the right to know when Edison dumps nuclear run-off from the SONGS spent fuel pools. That way, surfers and swimmers can choose to stay out of the water during the times this deadly waste is being “diluted and discharged.”