Anonymous Insider: “Something grossly wrong” at California nuclear plant — Fears for his safety — Potential reactor meltdown if restarted (VIDEO)

Published: April 27th, 2013 at 11:58 am ET


Title: San Onofre insider says NRC should not allow nuclear restart
Source: 10News
Author: JW August
Date: April 25, 2013
h/t Anonymous tip

For the first time, a source from inside the San Onofre nuclear power plant has come forward to warn that restarting the power plant is too dangerous.

“There is something grossly wrong,” said the inside source, a safety engineer who worked at San Onofre and has 25 years in the nuclear field. […]

He wants to remain anonymous because he told Team 10 he fears for his safety.

“When they made these changes, they did not look at the academic research nor use critical question and an investigative attitude,” said the source. […]

The anonymous insider and [Dr. Joe Hopenfeld, a former employee of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission] said if there is a main steam line break, there is potential for the reactor core to overheat – which could mean a full or partial meltdown. […]

Watch the broadcast here

Published: April 27th, 2013 at 11:58 am ET


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38 comments to Anonymous Insider: “Something grossly wrong” at California nuclear plant — Fears for his safety — Potential reactor meltdown if restarted (VIDEO)

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    San Onofre is a Fukushima waiting to happen.

  • combomelt combomelt

    I moved to San Diego in 1976 and watched this monstrous construction and completion. It is BROKEN & OBSOLETE.

    Both reactors have been offline for almost 2 years. Before that, when operational, i believe snpp provided 20% of the grid so….. Last time i checked it seems like everyone in socal still has power. Yah yah summers coming we need more power and if we dont oh boy will your power costs increase( more than the last 2yrs!??!). You dont want that do you? Plus your energy will come from bad dirty coal and you would be overwhelmed by guilt as you fire up your prius. Cmon! Get on board so we can start boiling more water at only 70% capacity with the wrong equipment in order to prevent another fukud situation. Once again move along folks….

    • nedlifromvermont

      that is one great website combomelt!!!

      Thank you to the fighters against the nuclear theology from So. Cal.

      Where there is intelligence there is hope.

      Fear not the silly, powerful looking Daryl Issa's among you.

      Not cheap. Not green. Not safe. No longer (never were) necessary.

      Stop the Nuclear Ponzi scheme!!!!



    • 16Penny 16Penny

      Combomelt, I know you were not dogging coal, this isn't towards you but with you.

      Clean coal is real and they have known for years how to filter out most particulates, run the exhaust through algae farms and produce oxygen, bio-diesel (which could be stored and used on site to buffer against demand or provide back up power) and there is ongoing research to double the amount of ash byproduct which can be used in stronger concrete. As long as mining can be done responsibly (mining is still required for nuclear so that seems to be somewhat equal between the two tech's) I have no issue with coal technology being used until emerging methods of energy scavenging are developed. It all comes from somewhere and using it has an effect no matter what form of energy you are converting.

      Clean nuclear is a myth. Constant emissions, ELE consequences for having humans construct, operate and oversee the industry, no plan for disposal, bulging storage facilities and passing the buck on to the next generation. I'm ok with not having nuclear weapons as their usefulness on this planet has been outlived by the devices. Claims to the effect of "they are a good deterrent" don't hold up. Our defense technology and offensive technologies have turned nuclear ballistic missiles into more of a liability than an asset. What if an earthquake happens at a nuke silo? How many lasers does it take to knock the missiles out of the sky? How much to decommission a silo? How much to maintain?


      • combomelt combomelt

        No offense taken. My sarcasm gets in my way sometimes. I start to think , golly im so funny and clever, people will see thru the veiled sarcasm and then discover the truth lying in wait. Thinking deeper my technique may be counterproductive as many readers may not be able to discern that truth thru my overblown attempts at serious levity in this absolutely non comedic event. More fact, less fluff. Illuminate the dark voids of ignorance.

        • 16Penny 16Penny

          No, not at all. I have difficulty sometimes interpreting the tone of posts sometimes due to the lack of vocal inflection with this media. Sarcasm and laughing are healthy and typical of people with higher intelligence who deal with difficult situations. Please, let it out when you need to. Many of us do appreciate a good laugh. I just wanted to be clear I was in agreement with your sarcasm. Ya, dangerous coal technology, WOOO!

          I have yet to see smog that takes hundreds of thousands of years to clear up. FUKU You nuclear industry. FUKU unto others as they FUKU unto you. The glowing rule.

  • onono

    Well, to be sarcastic: We urgently need 2-3 Fukushima-like events in dense populated areas until this nuclear power plant madness will stop.

    • Jay

      Onono : " Well, to be sarcastic: We urgently need 2-3 Fukushima-like events in dense populated areas until this nuclear power plant madness will stop . "

      With sadnes I direct your attention to the Left side of the IQ Bell Curve . Combine that with ignorance ( favors soccer/fashion over science ) and you will have confirmation Twice here about the Real human nature :

      1) 62.7 % of the Japanese voters favored a nuke-pro government , now in power , and

      2) a more extreme example of zombies to emerge ,

      " … The 30-kilometre exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant remains unsafe, and the Ukrainian authorities are not prepared to grant a legal status to an estimated 200 to 2,000 people who have occupied evacuated properties within the radius … " …

      … if they eat and give to their children poisson/pesticide spoiled food anything else is easy …

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      We already have had enough catastrophes to shut down nuclear energy. And it is extremely expensive and it bankrupting the world economy. Please no more disasters. Please shut down every nuclear reactor in the world. The world is already contaminated with enough plutonium to kill every inhabitant 429 times over.

      • combomelt combomelt

        Indeed Anne. Thank you. I respect and appreciate your many awesome posts, i like to read your take on the enenews of the day. Isnt it amazing how any/all of these disasters have been successfully semantically spun into benign events and promptly buried by the "news" with zero coverage. Incredibly, absolutely shocking, eviscerating mind-numbing information control works!. How can there NOT be more than 10050 people who like this on FB by now!? The "word" on ene needs be in front of millions of people 100% of the time as if these headlines were about some celebrity scandal. But To be honest it really isnt something people are inclined to "like" i guess, because since last summer, only a couple thousand people liked ene? Wtf? That "few"?!? Really?? Or maybe thats good news that "that many" people have indeed found the courage to click the like button and "that many" are reading the horrible truths written here. A landing page for the brave, all others probably will NOT clickthru.

  • The way it works – authorities wait for a catastrophe to happen, then they get busy making statements to the media and sympathizing with the victims, while covering each other with praise for a job well done in dealing with the mess.

    Although I may be too optimistic here. The Katrina experience did not teach the political leadership a lesson in rescue and assistance, so when megastorm Sandy hit the east coast, authorities with big important titles were clueless for weeks on how to help the victims.

    The United States has had more than one nuclear industry close call – meaning those with the potential to cause a catastrophe.

    But since nothing spectacular happened (the hidden and silent harm is not being noticed), the nuclear industry and their buddies in government go on with their false assurances that everything is fine, folks, everything is under control.

    It is no coincidence that that arch-vilain in the successful TV series The Simpsons is a nuclear power reactor owner.

    • andagi andagi

      Dear Tracy W,

      "Environmental Protection Agency expects to publish in the Federal Register a draft document that would change its long-standing advice to state and local governments about how to limit long-term exposure to radiation after a reactor accident or a “dirty bomb” attack. By reducing the projections for how much radiation exposure is likely in the years after such an episode, the proposal could also reduce the amount of contaminated land that would have to be abandoned."

      “The document is admitting that nuclear power is a dangerous industry,” said Diane D’Arrigo of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, an antinuclear group. “Should industries be allowed to operate that could put us into that condition?”


      • Dear Andagi, thank you for the link. Their attitude is so typical. The EPA has no credibility whatsoever. Their many failures to carry out their mandate could fill volumes.

        Let's remember how they lied to first responders and the whole NYC population when the head of the EPA told reporters that the air after the 9/11 attack to the WTC was ok to breathe.

        Just a few years later we saw how life-threatening that air was for first responders, as they suffer from serious WTC pollution-related diseases.

        Whistleblower talks about it.

        And to add insult to injury, those first responders, even those with extremely poor health, have been badly treated by their own government.

        But as you note on another comment further on, too many of us are not interested in the truth. And when we do find out the truth, we don't organize ourselves to effectively counteract government policies.

        Example: how the public has allowed the financial derivatives scandal to go on, with the culprits being rewarded with even more public money. The amounts of money being printed monthly and handed over to banks is as surreal as its name: "quantitative easing". But we don't see much outrage, do we?

        This nuclear situation is scary. It's not a matter of if, but of WHEN. The top elite don't worry because they have their bunkers, or they will skip town in their private jets as soon as they know what's ahead.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    One of the 'somethings' grossly wrong.
    San Onofre is built within less than a mile from a fault line.

    San Onofre Loop to Cristianitos Fault
    Dec.20 2010

    "The Cristianitos Fault is a major earthquake fault line located less than one mile from the San Onofre nuclear power plant."

    See photos…

    Like Tacomagroove says.."slinky-slinky"

  • JoeNeubarth

    I have been warning people about San Onofre for 20 years now. I wrote to our California Senators and Dianne agreed to go down and inspect San Onofre for the idiotic placement of Emergency Diesel Generators. Two years ago they promised her that they would move the Diesels to higher ground close to the 5 Interstate. I doubt that they have done that. As we all know Fukushima melted down because they did not have a real sea wall and their Emergency Diesels were in an exposed Tsunami striking space. Ditto San Onofre. Fukushima had their motor controllers out in the open where they could be swamped by a Tsunami. Ditto San Onofre. Fukushima did not have a real sea wall. Ditto San Onofre. I have been telling people about this for decades and nobody listens. Will they listen after San Onofre kills six million people with radioactive particulate after a meltdown?

    • If A Haiku Hid Music If A Haiku Hid Music

      Fukushima Dai'ichi was headed for meltdown regardless of any tsunami. The earthquake alone was enough to break the pipes necessary to carry vital cooling water to the reactors and spent fuel pools.

      – They could have had a vast network of diesel generators in tsunami/bomb-proof bunkers.
      – They could have had a hundred replacement switchboards ready to go.
      – They could have had a waterproof concrete dome around the entire complex to prevent a single drop of seawater from entering.

      None of this would have made the slightest difference.

      When the pathway for carrying coolant to the fuel rods (both fresh and spent) is no longer available (i.e. broken pipes), there isn't much else that can be done aside from wholly inadequate attempts to add water from outside via fire hoses/air drops.

      And this external water cannot be added until the RPV and containments have been breached and are open to the environment.

      If a strong enough quake were to hit SONGS (San Onofre), the results would be the same as Fukushima, tsunami or not.

    • We Not They Finally

      cynically if 6 million people die they will not be satisfied until 6 billion people die…Then Kissingers Rockerfeller and all the population control buffs will be finally happy.

  • JoeNeubarth

    People, we need to shut that damned plant down. If necessary resort to violence. I have tried and tried and tried and all I have received are death threats.

    SHUT that plant down for good. Never let it be started up again.

    • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

      Sorry JoeNeubarth , but the only thing eventually shutting down is this site and the fragile safety of freedom of speach and information , when you post a straight call for violence.
      I think thats the opposite of the effect's wanted or usefull if you know what we mean . Unfortunatly , the fact that its perfectly understandable has no impact on that…
      Keep fighting , but choose your weapons wisely.

      • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

        typofix : choose your words aka weapons wisely 😉

        • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

          Death threats are a serious matter , i don't know what i do when it comes to that. Probaly adapt a litle and ignore a lot…
          Like i'm doing with the feeling getting monitored/stalked.

          But if i would be say a certain powerfull figure being political hostage by evil itself,
          i would try to document how i and the people got screwed by force , and pass it true the eventuall window in to the open , risking …
          Because after all is said and done , truth is the only cleaning product worth its money imho

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Sadly, very sadly, San Onofre is going to meltdown even without a tsunami if it is restarted. Those in charge so desperately want the income that there are believing in the tooth fairy to keep it from melting down. Was this plant also damaged in the past by an experiment with MOX fuel? Will they be trying MOX fuel when they attempt the restart? It is the blind leading the blind. Or the snake oil salesmen leading the easily conned (i.e. other con artists). When the meltdown happens, I am going to be downwind along with the rest of North America and the Northern hemisphere. Senator Feinstein will be crying her crocodile tears when her beloved California has this long predicted ELE. Crocodile tears that are too little too late. And she will be the one holding the dirty bomb in her hand.

    • andagi andagi

      Dear Anne,
      Good one!
      “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

      ― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark


    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Calculation Analysis of San Onofre Depletion MOX Fuel Experiment

      Project Manager
      A. M. Pavlovichev
      A. Belov
      V. I. Bryzgalov
      A. Kalashnikov
      E. Kapranova
      A. Tsyboulia
      M. S. Yudkevich

      Date Published: August 2001
      Prepared by
      Russian Research Center “Kurchatov Institute”
      Institute of Nuclear Reactors
      under subcontract 85B-99398V
      Funded by
      Office of Fissile Materials Disposition
      U.S. Department of Energy
      Prepared for
      Computational Physics and Engineering Division
      Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831
      managed by
      for the
      under contract DE-AC05-00OR22725

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        Can you believe that we are letting the Russians experiment with our nuclear reactors? So is it a surprise now that the reactor is totally ruined?

        • Sickputer

          Good link anne… The DOE was instrumental in those 1999 to 2005 MOX tests in American nuclear reactors.

          I think part of the reason was to emulate the other countries already burning MOX which was spurred in large part by the uncertainty of the existing uranium mine deposits in that time frame.

          More info here:

          SP: I think you're right that it was a dangerous risk to allow the Russians to experiment at SONGS. Especially knowing their track record in 1986.

          The steam generator tubes at SONGS are highly damaged from years of radioactive pressures. Perhaps the MOX experiment was a notable contributor to the failing steam tubes. Perhaps other plants also suffer from those secretive MOX experiments.

  • We Not They Finally

    No it all stems from Eisenhowers Peaceful atom or atoms for peace. That will surely make a wondeful funeral dirge for planet earth…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    And we talk about the Japanese building reactors on faults.
    See pg.2.

    Geologic Map of the Oceanside 30’ x 60’ Quadrangle, California

    Scripps to lead '3-D' San Onofre Quake Study
    April 30 2012

    Where are the results of this study?

  • haizedustrium-1234 haizedustrium-1234

    Were they using any of these calculations including thickness of
    material, length of material, composition of carrier neutron bombardment depreciation, temperature fluctuation, pressure spiking, and material characteristic loss?

  • pcjensen

    seen this yet?

    San Onofre Edison…
    West Coast Radiation Crisis – Part 1

    By Yoichi Shimatsu
    Exclusive to

    SONGS radiation may be primary culprit – prolly along with Fuku and Russia's 17 nucs dumped in the arctic… so sad

    SURFERS: Heads Up, man

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    In April 2011..the state of California had a drill..concerning a nuclear disaster at san Onofre.
    Looks mostly… like a civil control drill.
    Definitely not…a drill to control the actual situation of a nuclear accident.

    Seems they have them every year.

    Calif. nuke plant could breakdown at full power
    March 18 2013

    Prepping the people for the eventual..I suppose.
    How comforting..(sarc).