DAVID DAVISON, San Clemente
In response to Gary Headrick’s letter of fake praise regarding SONGS, let me say that I am one of those operators who were on the team that shut the plant down that day. There were no heroics; we did exactly as we been had trained to do many times before. This wasn’t even the first Steam Generator (S/G) tube leak that SONGS had experienced.
Gary trots out the claims he has repeated in the past, all of which have been debunked repeatedly.
The NRC was fully aware of the changes made to the steam generators. Like-for-like does not mean identical.
His “Hot Functional Testing” claim is malarkey, particularly when one considers that Unit 2, which had identical S/Gs (large heat exchangers), had just completed an entire run (18-22 months) with no problems.
Installing the “core post” did not prevent a thorough license review—why would it?
Headrick’s exercise of hyperbole in his farcical, cascading event scenario is total bunk. It wouldn’t matter if all the tubes leaked; the steam line was isolated (by operators) downstream.
Headrick’s claim that SoCal narrowly avoided a greater-than-Fukushima event is irresponsible horse manure unsupported by any engineering analysis.
In another of Headrick’s claims, he argues the plant would have run out of cooling water. There was a million and a half gallons sitting on top of the bluff, not to mention the hundreds of thousands inside the plant. Emergency or not, cooling the plant down requires the same amount of water.
Gary’s real reason for his fake “thanks” is so he could alarm the public, again in hopes that SCE/NRC will consider further bogus claims by his tin-foil hat organization.
So, Gary, save your phony praise for the gullible who uncritically believe your fact-free garbage.