San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant to Be Shut Down FOREVER--YEAH!!!

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There are some fights in Orange County that are as futile as the old Spy vs. Spy of MAD Magazine infamy, and one of them was the fight to permanently shut down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). How many generations of activists staged protests, attended town hall meetings, and did God-knows-how-much-else to shut down the nuke boobies? And how many times did Southern California Edison insist it would never shut it down, no way, no how?

But this morning, SCE announced defeat. WHOA...

"SONGS has served this region for over 40 years," said Ted Craver, Chairman and CEO of Edison International, parent company of SCE, in their press release, "but we have concluded that the continuing uncertainty about when or if SONGS might return to service was not good for our customers, our investors, or the need to plan for our region's long-term electricity needs."


The rest of the press release is as self-serving as we can expect from the company, but still: wow. Just wow. My God, if activists could beat down SONGS, what's next in OC? Activists forcing Don Bren to give land for affordable housing? Making Barbara Coe love Mexicans? The OC mind boggles with possibilities...

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Mitchell_Young topcommenter

I'm pretty sure this decision was 90% economic (cost to fix what is truly a problematic plant) and 10% activist kvetching. 


This debate was clouded by ignorance and outright lies. The reality is that everything worked as it should. SCE detected the leak before it had a chance to leave containment. Nuclear plants have multiple levels of containment. The plants could have safely been restarted and served out the rest of their original permit length. Now dirtier or more expensive power generation will take its place. When you power bill goes up, be sure to thank Barbara Boxer.

JGlanton topcommenter

Fine. Now tear it down and build a new Gen 4 plant on the same site. We need as much clean, affordable energy as we can get to maintain our modern, healthy, prosperous lifestyles.

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