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Roger Johnson, San Clemente
Edison engineer Greg Becker says he has been reading that his company hates children and is intent on destroying San Clemente (“SONGS: Time to Relax,” March 13). What has he been reading? Nothing like this has ever been published anywhere. What has been said is that Edison focuses more on profits than on safety. Their attempt to sneak through a major design change to get more profitable steam generators is what caused them to fail and the plant to be closed down.
It is true, as Mr. Becker says, that Edison starts every meeting by saying that safety is their number one concern. That is because Edison has a very poor safety record, and it is easier and cheaper to deal with safety through public relations efforts. All the scare tactics warning that we cannot live without nuclear power turned out to be false. The bad consequences never happened. Instead, we finally have California turning to green renewable energy rather than dirty, expensive and unreliable nuclear power.
Mr. Becker goes on to claim that all radioactive fuel will soon be in dry casks. Is he getting this misinformation from Edison? The NRC now promises that all fuel will be out of the pools by 2074. Edison has been dragging its feet about doing this, partly because they switched (without public disclosure) to more dangerous and more radioactive high-burnup fuel back in 1996. This fuel must remain in pools much longer. The Sandia National Lab experiments showed that even a truck bomb outside the perimeter could lead to radiation releases causing massive evacuation of all nearby towns.
Yes, casks are safer than fuel pools, but the problem is that most of the dangerous material at San Onofre is in pools rather than casks and will remain there for years to come. Does anyone feel safe with these pools and all those casks stored openly next to Interstate 5? They are guaranteed for only 20 years, and the casks at Three Mile Island are already leaking.
The Japanese “relaxed” and believed the safety claims of the nuclear industry. Let’s not make the same mistake.