Mike Russell, San Clemente

Jake Howard’s report in the July 19-25 edition of the San Clemente Times on his tour of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was both interesting and balanced. Nevertheless, some additional information may be helpful to your readers.

Regarding the seawall, it was designed and built to protect the Unit 1 reactor, which operated from 1967 through 1992 against a tsunami caused by the maximum credible offshore earthquake and the maximum credible storm surge, if these events occurred at the same time. Check with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, who prepared a safety evaluation report before issuing an operating license.

Regarding transferring used nuclear fuel from wet storage to dry storage, that project is scheduled to be completed next year. Check with Dr. David G. Victor (University of California, San Diego) who is the chairman of the San Onofre Community Engagement Panel.

Regarding the permanent home for used nuclear fuel, a deep geological repository has already been built in Yucca Mountain near the Nevada Nuclear Test Site. Only political gridlock in Washington, D.C. prevents used nuclear fuel from being shipped out of our backyards.

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  • Mike,
    Do you work at San Onofre? It appears you don’t know that Yucca Mountain hasn’t been built.

    It appears you don’t know that the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board states technology does not exist to make geological repositories work even in the short-term. And they have no idea how they will do that.

    Suggest you find more reliable sources for your “facts”. See sources at SanOnofreSafety.org

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