San Onofre Officials: Our Nuke Plant's 100 Times Safer Than High School!

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There's an interesting story on NBC San Diego's website about a wrongful-termination lawsuit that has apparently just been filed against Southern California Edison (SCE), the company that owns and operates the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). The suit was filed by Paul Diaz, a plant manger who claims he was fired after complaining to federal inspectors about unsafe working conditions at the plant.



Diaz tells NBC that when workers approached him about their complaints and said that management wasn't listening to them, he had no choice but to intervene. The company, he says, warned him not to get involved, saying, "They don't need you to be a super-hero." According to NBC, neither Diaz nor his lawyers would comment on the specifics of the workplace issues involved, except to say they included "long hours on the job, worker fatigue and management's refusal to act on those concerns."

Long hours? Worker fatigue? Bosses who don't give a shit?

Just add a dash of radioactivity, leave the pot boiling, and you've got a recipe for a nuclear meltdown!

Not so, says Gil Alexander, an SCE spokesperson. "Whatever you think the standards of safety are at your local car dealer or your local high school, they're 100 or 1,000 times higher at a nuclear plant," he said.

Wow, that's pretty reassuring.

So San Onofre is safer than a car dealership. I assume "safety" in that context doesn't involve safety from being ripped off. Let's hope not. And high school? Nothing bad ever happens there, I'm sure.

In any case, as NBC points out, the San Onofre plant has been cited numerous times by federal regulators for violating the plant's own standards for safety and workplace conditions. In 2006, for example, the plant leaked highly radioactive tritium into the local groundwater. The plant was also listed as the second most inherently dangerous nuclear facility in the United States.    

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Melkernahan
Melkernahan

Let's get real. San Onofre supplies only 7.5% of our electricity. That is, when it's not shut down for repairs and glitches. Which happens several times a year. Do we experience rolling blackouts when it's shut down? Nope. Doesn't happen. Solar or wind power could easily supply us with a lousy 7.5% of our power without building up tons of radioactive waste along the I-5 in the process. Humans invented nuclear power but still can't figure out what in hell to do with the resultant waste that's toxic for thousands of years? C'mon. Nuke scientists, finish what you started. Take out the trash and dispose of it safely. Shut down and decomission aging San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station while you're doing what your should have done in the beginning. And by the way, what were you thinking when you stuck S.O.N.G.S. on the beach beside earthquake faults? Shut it down. Decommision it. Safely get the radioactive waste out of here and safely disposed of.mel kernahan

Im106ona1010
Im106ona1010

When Diaz went for the race card he lost credibility, this is nothing but a money scam! It only surfaced because of the terrible tragedy in Japan, which has sparked a media frenzy. Hey CNN, my wife had a nuclear baby!

richard
richard

long hours worker fatigue and bosses that don't give a shit. sounds like every job anyone has ever had.

NJT
NJT

hey congress and senators, if you give a crap you will bring it offline and close it down as safely as possible now today!

NotAfraidOfNukes
NotAfraidOfNukes

Nice ! Then what might you and the other 11 million people that get electricity from SCE going to do for Power ? Are you going to get Wind Energy or how about Solar? Do you think it is just going to come flying into your house after the plant shuts down. Have you ever seen how many Nuclear Power Plants that we have in the US and that they all run safely ! That plant in Japan isn't even in the same Ball Game as San O. BWR ! Look up your facts

NJT
NJT

1) we will manage with less power better than we will manage with more radiation.2) "they all run safely" says the person who doesn't know what they mean3) look up your facts says the person who does not know a fact to save his life.

Clearly, I've done far more research on this than you. The fact is nuclear power as presently implemented is not worth the risk, and that includes in the US.

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