“Chilling Testimony”: Expert says public was put in great danger because of errors at California nuclear plant — KPBS: NRC hearing was a Catch 22… Kafkaesque (AUDIO)

Published: January 18th, 2013 at 6:23 pm ET


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Source: The Reno Dispatch
Date: January 17, 2013

The operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California made critical errors in the design of the plant’s replacement steam generators and, as a result, the public was put in great danger last year, according to expert testimony Wednesday by an internationally renowned nuclear engineer at a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) hearing.

The chilling testimony, which was presented to the NRC Petitions Review Board, was accompanied by evidence showing that plant operator Southern California Edison should have been required to go through a license amendment process before installing the new steam generators in 2009 and 2010.

The nuclear expert, Arnie Gundersen, a consultant to Friends of the Earth, explained to the NRC that the design changes proposed by Edison created a dangerously high level of steam at the top of all four replacement steam generators. […]

Title: Nuclear Safety Groups Petition NRC
Source: KPBS
Author: Alison St John
Date: January 17, 2013

[…] In a question and answer session at the end of the hearing, Daniel Hirsch of the nuclear safety group, Committee to Bridge the Gap, told the NRC the hearings are Kafkaesque, because Edison won’t release some very pertinent documents.

“You are placing the burden on Friends of the Earth to tell you what’s wrong with a document you will not permit them so see,” he said. “So I’m asking you for the rationale behind a public agency keeping those documents secret from the public, and then demanding that the public critique something they do not have access to.” […]

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Published: January 18th, 2013 at 6:23 pm ET


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10 comments to “Chilling Testimony”: Expert says public was put in great danger because of errors at California nuclear plant — KPBS: NRC hearing was a Catch 22… Kafkaesque (AUDIO)

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short


    Since when did that stop anybody in our government? They've done far worse.

    It just never stops, does it?

  • razzz razzz

    Congress has oversight of the NRC, I am sure Congress will investigate any transgressions that could result in endangering the public. sarc/off

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The root of the problem is the technology itself. Outlaw the dangerous reactors and the ongoing accidents and radiation contamination will stop. There's no other solution.

    • Pierpont

      TBP, I agree with your sentiment and would take it farther.

      Responsibility for these f'ups has to be taken back to the individuals who made the decisions, including the engineers who signed off on them. I get so sick of hearing TEPCO did this and Edison did that and Texas Brine is a total screw-up.

      That Citizens United sort of thinking doesn't get us anywhere. Corporations are not humans and don't "do" anything. They are legal fictions set up to dodge legal liability and large tax bills.

      It's individual humans with names and large incomes who, out of some mixture of stupidity and greed, are making the decisions that are screwing our children out of a future. Those individuals have to be publicly named so — if for no other reason — they can be publicly reviled, and I'm thinkin' Jamie Dimon and Bernie Madoff as analogies from Wall St.

      Change of soap box . . .

      OTOH, those individuals who are making a positive contribution should be publicly named, too. Great work on San Onofre, Arnie. Great work.

      • Anthony Anthony

        I agree with your point. I wonder though how to deliver on that if the accused and guilty has already died?

  • I was impressed with Friends of the Earth's concern about corruption in climate market derivatives.

    Thank goodness they are taking a proactive stance and thank goodness Arnie Gundersen is willing to testify in the US.

    I don't always see eye-to-eye with him, but has brought considerable public awareness to the dangers of Fukushima and nuclear plants everywhere.

    Gundersen's views on nuclear technology shifted after Fukushima, and he now believes nuclear technology cannot be secure against mother nature.

    San Onofre is a disaster waiting to happen. The amount of whistle blower retaliation there has been terrible (see
    San Onofre Power Plant Operated For Decades With Vulnerable Backup Power http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/29/san-onofre-power-plant_n_1554416.html)

    Thank you Arnie Gundersen and Friends of the Earth

    (though, I wish Arnie would talk about unit 3 at Fukushima).

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    It seems apparent that when dealing with those deeply involved in the nuke industry ESPECIALLY while dealing with the unknown levels of antagonism up to and including the threat of great bodily harm if ostracizing & discrediting their entire careers & reputations don't "scare off neutral,and CARING experts and industry whistleblower's" into deviating from the course they'd set out on after every last lie or understating of the dangers faced humanity including themselves & their loved ones that "de-programmed" them and yet people who criticize them without having neither his credentials or "insider knowledge" of how far they can go before being banned from attending the conferences and high-level events which would seem to force him to contradict his former peers and TPTB "politely" and in small increments and assimilate ALL of which can be gleaned via "keeping friends close,but keeping one's enemies closer" until the haughtiest,overconfident scientific researchers,shills,highly-esteemed,highly paid,"experts"~have dug their own academic careers grave(s) and Arnie & crew who patiently waited for "specific" issues to come to light & be addressed and the gloves can come off & "bury" these %#&* suckers with some well-timed contradictory evidence presented in such a way that "they" can't squirm away from their unforgivable acts & Big Nuke & the Little Pukes get hit with a vengeful "hammer" forged by the fire ignited in our soul the day each of us found out…

  • irhologram

    Well, then? Name them. Initiate "the list."

    In addition to targeting persons for punishment of criminal acts through the courts, a very useful tool has always been boycott. Boycott was a successful tool in the South's civil rights movement. It was Gahndi's successful tool. Our own country uses it successfully to bring other countries to their knees. Oh. Right. Boycott would mean we'd have to admit WE are the users here, we create the demand…hey, on some level, it's like asking us to want to turn in our dealer. I know. i know. Our great and lasting excuse is that they COULD develop alternative power if they wanted to. ah, but there's the rub. they dont want to and you cant make them. all you can do is put them in jail if they break the law OR cut back tremendously on feeding their revenue steam. We'd have to care enough about Peaceful change in the responsible care of the environment to CHANGE OURSELVES. Could it be said that the majority sentiment here is, "They've got to PAY?" No offense, but that's quite a stretch to get to the level of Martin Luther King and Peaceful boycott.

    • blackbeer blackbeer

      Careful irhologram; there's only so much truth we can stand. Never get between us and our stuff. I mean isn't that what life is all about, to be comfortable and have a lot of stuff. I mean, what else is there……………………


  • pcjensen

    everyone can boycott – at night – use candles and flashlights. keep lights off for a week every night. do more if you can. sun dry your clothes during that week also… 😉