Fairewinds: ***BREAKING NEWS!*** Federal investigation into San Onofre nuclear plant announced

Published: February 8th, 2013 at 11:40 pm ET
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Source: Fairewinds Energy Education
Date: Feb. 8, 2013

***BREAKING NEWS!***

SEN. BOXER AND REP. MARKEY ANNOUNCE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (NRC) WILL INVESTIGATE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON (SCE) TO SEE IF COMPANY “…FULLY COMPLIED WITH LEGAL OBLIGATIONS.”

STAY TUNED FOR ACTION…THIS BATTLE ISN’T OVER YET!

“Rep. Markey said: ‘The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today confirmed that it is investigating the issues raised by our letter. Our nuclear safety officials should now postpone any decision on the re-start of the reactors until this critical investigation is complete.’”

[Link: http://epw.senate.gov]

See also: AP: U.S. Senator wants probe after reading confidential report on sickly California nuke plant -- Shows they knew about San Onofre problems beforehand

Published: February 8th, 2013 at 11:40 pm ET
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58 comments to Fairewinds: ***BREAKING NEWS!*** Federal investigation into San Onofre nuclear plant announced

  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    I guess this is slightly assuring news? However its just a scratch on the surface of what needs to be done.


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  • jec jec

    So, Good News..now about that Sinkhole in Louisiana..and hey..the BP Oil Spill, they are all good areas to turn the FBI loose on if regulations are not followed. Especially if they are purposely falsified reports.


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  • kez

    YAAAAAY!

    Victory dance!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sshr8e3iQwc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    Congrats to Friends of the Earth and Fairewinds and SoCal antinukes! Pop that champagne and celebrate your dedicated and hard work in an uphill battle against the Goliath.

    Thank you so much Senator Boxer and Rep Markey for your consideration!

    Many steps still to go but a big cheers from me … I can almost hear the party from here.

    Many thanks for your fight and prayers for continued success. Sincerely. All Californians are fortunate tonight because of you all.


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  • razzz razzz

    Of course I don't like this when Congress asks a government agency to investigate itself because basically that is what is happening. A special independent investigator or prosecutor needs to be appointed for a proper investigation.

    You would think a major new piece of nuclear equipment failing within a year or so (at public peril) that was meant to last decades would warrant more attention.

    Better than nothing I guess.


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  • NoNukes NoNukes

    The NRC usually leads the way out of complying with legal obligations, so it sounds like the mobster boss is checking to see if his flunky is following the law, and will make some cement boots if he is following the law.


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    • kez

      Buzz kill .. go away!

      FOE and Arnie worked hard every day!


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      • NoNukes NoNukes

        kez,

        You are violating rules number 3 and 4 of Enenews: "Before clicking 'Submit Comment', please make sure it's: 1) On-Topic – This includes off-topic political, religious, or other such comments; 2) Relevant; 3) Not repetitive; 4) Not insulting, rude or hateful – No personal attacks; 5) A maximum of four short paragraphs (or ~25%, whichever is less) if copy and pasted from an external news source due to copyright reasons; 6) Links to personal websites will still be allowed, but limited to no more than two links per post. If not, it may get deleted."


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        • kez

          Double dare you to report me for celebrating the hard work of these antinuke folks. Better yet, I will report myself.

          Dear Admin … please put me into moderation because …

          Umm … this is good news … great news for some very hard working antinuke activists. And that the Senator and Representative listened to their cause.

          And great news for my home state that a very unsafe condition in a NPP has reached a higher level to be addressed.

          That a grass roots effort has successfully stalled and exposed the scandal of the power company.

          And I dunno what else.

          But surely my celebration deserves punishment for some reason. :)


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  • kez

    WoooHoooo!

    :)

    Eeyores away today.

    FOE Arnie Barbara on her Boxer Box Markey SoCal antinukes …

    Big big step. Thank you again!


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  • patb2009

    the Fox will investigate the henhouse or is it the Inmates will report on how well they are
    running the asylum.


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  • kez

    Wow … this forum will really let this thread die tonight without any of cheers for a victory by the antinukes except mine. And so hang me by my heels … I like Boxer. She's scrappy and fearless when fired up. But actually I already said that.

    Wow … this even shocks seeking middle me. Reading this headline tonight brought tears to my eyes. I was celebrating. And no other Ene user … none … to share it with.

    So I guess I missed the Kool Aid memo …

    Antinuke here means we assume the position … nothing can be done … we sit and bitch here until we die. We do nothing else. We neither promote nor celebrate activism.

    And celebrating a major antinuke victory is a reportable offense here on ENE.

    Sorry … f that shit.

    Press that report button on me (buzzzzz … so scared) …

    Congrats again Arnie FOE. Thanks Barbara and Ed.


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    • Huuwah!!!! another win on the chopping block, 102 left, we can kill 30 in the next year and then legislate the phase out plan for the rest.

      What a victory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    • VanneV anne

      The only celebration is if all nuclear power plants are decommissioned forever and no new one built. Yet what we have is:
      " Our nuclear safety officials should now postpone any decision on the re-start of the reactors until this critical investigation is complete.”

      And why celebrate with someone who is "middle of the road" and who keeps criticizing other anti-nukers and thus tries to get rid of the anti-nuke movement?


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        "Our nuclear safety officials should now postpone any decision on the re-start of the reactors until this critical investigation is complete.”

        Exactly, anne. This is the scam. The ratepayers have always paid an extra fee for supporting San Onofre. The contract says that the fee will stop if the plant doesn't provide power after a 9 month stretch. We are waay past that. However, as long as there are 'further' investigations, the fee will continue to be collected from ratepayers. This fee brings in millions and millions of dollars, and Edison doesn't want it to stop, otherwise the bondholders might take a hit.

        Now, with this new 'Federal' investigation, the fee will continue to be collected to infinity. This whole thing is a scam to fleece millions of ratepayers out of tens of millions of dollars. This can all be confirmed with Fairewinds.

        The whole point is to protect the bondholders, and not set precedent for other NPP's.

        kez, take your troll BS elsewhere. You clearly don't give a damn about the millions of ratepayers getting screwed in this deal.


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      • kez

        Hi Anne … middle of the road yes … trying to find a balance where solutions actually work in compromise.

        Just as our Founding Fathers had to do in drafting the rules.

        Even when I might have a personal bias.

        Step by step.

        And even if I wrangle you do have your own POV of course to be considered.

        You do understand that odds are huge at this time that you will be long dead before you see all NPPs decomssioned and cleaned up don't you. I will be too. Unless we've got some teens here writing … nearly all of us will be.

        We are talking mostly about leaving a legacy.

        Taking an extremist stance IMO only stalls and negates the greater good.

        And sorry … don't you already believe this is already plotted and planned and orchestrated by the Illuminati you have oft posted about?

        Since you believe that … honestly … why rail against me so heavily?

        How could lil ole me undermine such already grand and dark and NWO and plots such as those you profess are out there?

        Am I some sort of hero that could actually bring about the demise of such entrenched conspiracy theories? Or isn't it actually already ordained to be true?

        ???

        :) … how's Bigfoot BTW?

        Celebrating each step albeit small works towards the greater good.


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      • Jebus Jebus

        "Celebrating each step albeit small works towards the greater good."

        No it doesn't, it makes you look like a fool who doesn't understand the cause or the distance that needs to be traveled..

        We all know that this is a movement, a marathon, not a sprint.
        Yes, it's a given that we ALL will be dust before the result is obtained.
        One small turn in events is no cause for celebration when there is so far to go.
        Those who bring information to the table, good, bad, or ugly, allow others to digest that same information and develop their own opinions. Those who do that are doing their part the best they can. They have lives to live. They have the cause in their heart.

        Those who post just for their ego madness, bring nothing to the table here at enenews.

        Those who never work for or search out the details, do not have this cause in their heart.

        So if you have this cause in your heart, try to bring something to the table for others to consume and that will be something you can give to this Anti-Nuclear movement and allow the momentum to accelerate. Then someday in the future, your great, great, grandchildren will have something to party about…


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        • kez

          Dude … great and mighty intellilect Jebus …

          I posted a timline not unsimilar to yours on the last SONGS thread. And participated as one of the only info on topic writers on the Arnie and the bobble head thread.

          So if this is just a link competition … I don't care who wins.

          It ultimately contributes to the common good. (Unless as we have previously discussed we have to weed thru the tin hat Illuminati shit …)

          Thanks for providing us all further info.

          And otherwise your panties are bunched up in a rant against me are what again ???

          We can't celebrate that one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind here why??

          Because you posted more links than I have or what?

          Name the beef.

          Otherwise it seems we agree …


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          • Jebus Jebus

            Sorry for you, Kez, if you can't see your approach and abrasiveness in most of your posts. I really do think you are more intelligent than filling up a thread with your approval or displeasure of each post. I don't see your thumbs up/down as any different than the "tin hat illuminati shit", except yours just feeds one…
            G'Day Mate…


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            • kez

              Handshake and to our corners then.

              And next time you are running. on your own profession of your superior intellect posts while calling other people idiots … (wanna link)

              Have a thought here.

              Abrasive … or just that I disagreed and/or didn't bend over?

              Ummm … **hahaha I rest my case** which should sound familiar to you eh?

              Take care.


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    • 16Penny 16Penny

      Just up to other stuff. You can look back at my posts, I usually start typing out the nuclear version of 99 bottles of beer. Also, I have used the worn out: Dunh duhn duhn . . . Another one bites the dust!

      Still looking for another good one for tonight.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    No time to waste getting this plant decommissioned.


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  • Jebus Jebus

    I think that the level headed ones here at Enenews realize that this is just an investigation into the "facts". The outcome of that investigation will be the win or loss…

    The beast is still there, and they are investigating whether or not to clip one of his toenails. The beast doesn't like his toenails clipped. Let's see if we end up just painting the toenails, on the taxpayers dime…


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  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    "THIS BATTLE ISN’T OVER YET!". But three cheers to those who kept banging on.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Enenews is an alternaitve media news aggregate..and is reasonably powerful as a collective.
    I'm waiting to see if Boxer is going to be the cigarette girl for the NRC.. BS high dollar fix… of San Onofre.


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  • CaptD CaptD

    Lots more here about SanO:
    The Anti-Vibration Bar Design Team at San Onofre…
    http://acehoffman.blogspot.com/
    and
    The DAB Safety Team Documents:
    https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0BweZ3c0aFXcFZGpvRlo4aXJCT2s/edit


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  • CaptD CaptD

    More from SoCal here:
    More info here:
    http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=4xdmoojab&v=001E6oef0cghO-0GwOOSDe5kjPME9pH6kQINt8dY7qKKvvpLD4zDg9USJRFd0-Y6OcbgxvnM8JAyLuuC910gOXDJm9v7UjOozhGpTGokdCB0biGTK3RT
    snip

    The Nuclear Industry's Motto: " $afety First "

    EDISON, MITSUBISHI and the NRC
    may all be guilty of putting profits ahead of safety

    DO WE EXPECT THE NRC TO INVESTIGATE THEMSELVES?
    What are they hiding and why?


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    • razzz razzz

      Thanks CaptD for the link highlighted below. (people here @enenews are the best at keeping current). Even though the document is technical, like explaining or describing a water bubble in scientific terms, it explains the problems of SONGS RSGs. Has a useful ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS list, too.

      The DAB Safety Team: February 6, 2013
      What caused the destruction of San Onofre’s new replacement steam generators?

      At the bottom is the 'about' and mission statement…

      "The DAB Safety Team: Don, Ace and a BATTERY of safety-conscious San Onofre insiders plus industry experts from around the world who wish to remain anonymous. These volunteers assist the DAB Safety Team by sharing knowledge, opinions and insight but are not responsible for the contents of the DAB Safety Team's reports. We continue to work together as a Safety Team to prepare additional DAB Safety Team Documents, which explain in detail why a SONGS restart is unsafe at any power level without a Full/Thorough/Transparent NRC 50.90 License Amendment and Evidentiary Public Hearings. For more information from The DAB Safety Team, please visit the link above.

      Our Mission: To prevent a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster like Fukushima, from happening in the USA."


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  • Jebus Jebus

    The Anti-Vibration Bar Design Team at San Onofre…

    It was the whole team of engineers, who supposedly checked and rechecked a billion-dollar faulty steam generator design.

    http://acehoffman.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-anti-vibration-bar-design-team-at.html

    Further down read the latest that they tried to hide…

    cont…


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Before leak, San Onofre owner formed 'anti-vibration' team that found risks, then rejected fixes — Markey

    At least two years before a leak inside a generator shuttered the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in California, the owner of the plant acknowledged that the equipment could vibrate, threatening tubes that carry radioactive fluid, a document given to regulators shows.

    Southern California Edison (SCE) initially addressed the concern, forming the "Anti-Vibration Bar Design Team," said a person familiar with that document. The group included individuals from both SCE and generator maker Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

    After "numerous technical and design review meetings," the document said, the team "concluded that the steam generator tube design could lead to the tubes vibrating and subsequent wear damage caused by higher amounts of steam," said Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee.

    The companies then made a risky decision, Markey said.

    "The team then 'considered making changes to the design' to mitigate the problems, but decided not to implement any of them," Markey said, quoting the document from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. "The only specific reason cited in this document for the decision not to implement the potential design modifications was the desire to avoid a more lengthy license amendment process at the [Nuclear Regulatory Commission]," he said yesterday via email.

    http://acehoffman


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  • Jebus Jebus

    SAN ONOFRE NUCLEAR GENERATING STATION – NRC AUGMENTED INSPECTION TEAM REPORT 05000361/2012007 and 05000362/2012007

    http://www.nrc.gov/info-finder/reactor/songs/ML12188A748.pdf


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  • renewable

    "Initiative Would Shutter California Nuclear Plants For Decades While Feds Ponder Waste"

    "California Secretary of State Debra Bowen cleared an initiative Wednesday that would shut down California’s two existing nuclear power plants until the federal government figures out what to do with the used fuel—a process expected to take at least 35 Years."

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2013/02/08/initiative-would-shutter-california-nuclear-plants-for-decades-while-feds-ponder-waste/


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  • CaptD CaptD

    So just to recap what is going on at SanO:
    1. Edison told the CA Public Utilities Comm. (their Regulators), that their new generators would last 18+ years and would save the ratepayers a Billion dollars.

    2. They designed them in-house and got MHI to manufacture them but did not get a 50.50 NRC review of all their changes to save shut down time and Money.

    3. They installed Unit 2 and ran it for a little over a year, then installed Unit 3 which started to leak in the first year of use (while Unit 2 was shut down for refueling).

    4. The radioactive leakage in Unit 3 caused a NRC inspection and upon inspection they found that Unit 3 had 8 tubes that failed in-situ pressure testing, something which has never happened before in the history of the US "fleet". They also found one tube inUnit 2 that had 90 wear, which is well over the 35% limitation!

    5. Turns out that these generators were not designed for "in-plane" vibration and when Edison ran them at lower pressure to make more heat (and money) the tubes started to rub against each other and their supports.

    6. Now Unit 3 is toast and Unit 2 is heavily damaged, yet Edison is trying to get the OK to run it at 70% power so they can get the ratepayers to pay for all this debacle, despite the RISK of a nuclear incident or worse a nuclear disaster…

    7. Stay tuned for more!


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