Title: For O.C. cities near San Onofre nuclear plant, fear is growing
Source: Los Angeles Times
Author: Rick Rojas
Date: Mar 30, 2012
[...] Some city officials are now calling for the decommissioning of the San Onofre site [...]
“The plant should be shut down, period,” said Verna Rollinger, mayor pro tem in Laguna Beach. “I have never supported it, and I wish nuclear energy was safe because it’s a relatively clean energy source, but it’s also so dangerous that I don’t think we should be counting on that for our future energy needs.”
She added: “I think people are concerned, and for good reason.”
The mayor of San Clemente, Lori Donchak, wrote to federal officials asking that they demand a permanent disposal place for spent nuclear fuel, and others have asked that they consider expanding the evacuation zone beyond the current 10-mile radius. [...]
Read the report here
ANCHOR: Major developments tonight about the San Onofre nuclear power plant [...] A federal agency said the plant cannot restart two of its reactors until further notice [...]
REPORTER: This letter from fed regulators is extremely rare, if not completely unprecedented for the San Onofre power plant.
We spoke to locals out here, and they are deeply concerned with this latest development. [...]
Locals in the area are stunned.
RESIDENT 1: “… if the feds are coming in and shutting it down that’s alarming itself.”
RESIDENT 2: “What is the loss anyway? If we haven’t been using it for months, what are we losing?”
REPORTER: [... statement from plant operator] “We welcome the NRC’s letter, which is a formal step in restarting units 2 and 3.”
We’ve really never seen the feds take such a drastic step, they’re apparently not liking what they see in the process. [...]
Note the statement by the plant’s operator. Having two reactors stopped by the NRC is just a step in getting the reactors started by the NRC.
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