Gary Headrick, San Clemente Green

We are living with the dangers associated with millions of pounds of nuclear waste, and it is up to each of us to reject the approved plan to bury a deadly substance in canisters that are only 100 feet from the ocean, inches above the water table and rising sea level. The California Coastal Commission (CCC) has wrongly approved construction of this facility in an area that is publicly posted as a tsunami zone and riddled with active faults that have recently been confirmed to have four times the seismic power than the plant was designed to handle.

Common sense dictates that canisters storing highly radioactive nuclear waste are able to be inspected, monitored, and repaired if needed, but such is not the case. The Coastal Commission added these reasonable expectations as conditions for approval. Yet inexplicably, Edison was granted twenty years to meet those minimum standards, which logically should have been required from the start.

Simply put, we want to make this dangerous situation that has been imposed on us as safe as possible for however long any nuclear waste remains at San Onofre. The approved plan needs to be revoked, because it is grossly inadequate and fails to even come close to meeting a reasonable standard of protection for the people and natural resources that the California Coastal Commission has sworn to protect. This permit is currently being renegotiated in a legal proceeding and now is the time to act. Show up next Tuesday evening at City Council to demand a better solution.

Show up next Tuesday evening, May 2, at San Clemente’s City Council, 100 Avenida Presidio at 6 p.m. to demand a better solution.

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  • Show your support for allowing 3.6 million pounds of radioactive waste to be buried on our beaches by NOT attending this important meeting on May 2. #noNUKESatSANO

  • When I was a young naval officer I was a shift crew leader on the Nuclear Cruiser USS Long Beach CG(N)-9. during a reactor refueling. When the spent fuel cells were removed they were lowered into solid casks with both boron and lead shielding and hauled away on a truck. I am sure they were stored in a location that was protected against movement by an earth quake causing them to crack open. There was no liquid radio active waste since there had never been a melt down of any part of the fuel or waste as there was in Russia and in Japan.
    When the new fuel cells were installed I even got lowered into the reactor one night to verify the actual serial numbers stamped on the cells themselves. Which were not yet radioactive since they had not yet been used in a critical nuclear reaction.
    There certainly was no possibility of an explosion of any of the waste since the enriched uranium .for reactor fuel is way below the enrichment level of the uranium required in a bomb.. The recent discussions in Iran were all about were the Iranians going to further enrich their reactor fuel to the level of bomb uranium
    As far as I know there is no liquid radioactive waste that could leak into the ground if the casks were broken open so there is not chance of leaking radio activity.
    As retired nuclear trained Naval Officer living here in San Clemente I am not at all concerned about the waste stored here causing any problem to the people of San Clemente now or in the future..
    I therefore do not plan on attending the city council meeting.

    • @ Warren Alford

      Warren, I too was on the USS Long Beach, for more than 4 years. The anti-nukes in this town are dishonest, have lied about numerous aspects of San Onofre including the farcical claim that our emergency batteries were disconnected…for four years! The wise should take anything they say with a large grain of salt. They point to studies that don’t state what they claim, mischaracterize the statements of officials, accuse those professionals who arrive at different conclusions from their own as being in the pocket of the nuclear industry, and generally display an attitude that regardless of the facts, they’re going to push their anti-nuclear narrative.

      Cheers Warren

  • Gary, your false claim:

    “Common sense dictates that canisters storing highly radioactive nuclear waste are able to be inspected, monitored, and repaired if needed, but such is not the case.”

    You’re lying Gary, they can and have been at several sites.

    The Calif. Coastal Commission did the right thing and now you and the rest of your anti-nuclear zealots are wasting the peoples’ time and money.

    “Simply put, we want …”

    Simply put, Gary, I would like to see you start telling the truth but after your career of lying, the truth is a tall order for you; and what is truly inadequate, is your integrity.

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