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Bill Kindel, San Clemente

The letter from Jay Gaskins in the April 20-26 edition of the San Clemente Times contained statements that I don’t agree with.

  1. I recently had to go to the Inland Empire from my home in Forster Ranch. It was easy and I encountered little traffic by taking the new Del Rio extension to La Pata. I followed La Pata until it became Antonio Parkway and connected with the 241 toll road. This route is far from maximum capacity. So I’m asking, why do we need an extension of the 241 toll road? On occasion there can be a backup at the 241 to 91 interchange, but an extension would only add more cars to the 241/91 interchange.
  2. There is no chance, zero, that a disaster producing a “mushroom cloud” could occur with stored nuclear waste at SONGS. An accident would be very bad, but it just raises the fears of residents to talk about a “mushroom cloud.”

To claim that there is only one escape route from San Clemente is no longer true. In fact it has never been true. After 9/11, I became concerned about the evacuation plan for my children at SCHS. I got some good advice from a city official: “carry a good set of bolt cutters and exit though Prima Deshecha Landfill.”

The real issues are transporting and storing nuclear waste and achieving some sort of recovery of the incredible beach front that was dedicated to a nuclear power plant. If a utility proposed a nuclear power plant on a beach now, it would not go very far. But those were different times.

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