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Bob Hasbrook, San Clemente

I would like to preface this message with a local issue and deal with the serious matter of contention in my closing.

The big issue in San Clemente seems to be the toll road.

Build the toll road through Camp Pendleton; it already has a major thoroughfare and there have been no problems.

Run it out to Interstate 5 to the south and up to the toll road by Saddleback College. There’s lots of unused land there.
You can’t stop progress, but you can try to stop the most tantamount issue facing us, our children and generations to come. It is the management and storage of 3.55 million pounds of nuclear waste within a stone’s throw from the beach at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). The reactors are permanently shut down.

But there seems to be a great deal of concern regarding the vessels that will be storing the waste.

If there is a problem, a leak, a failure, no one will want to live here. There will be no one at the beach or in the water. How far up and down the coast and inland will people be affected, and for how long? One hundred years?

There will be no need for a toll road.

Look what just happened in Europe with the (harmless) radioactive cloud from Chernobyl.

Who will be affected? Los Angeles to San Diego? Real estate will be worthless. Homes and stores will be vacant, a wasteland right out of The Twilight Zone.

North Korea would love that. Wake up everyone, they want to start storing the spent nuclear fuel before 2018.

Take it to the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Arizona. Look at the website This is a bigger issue than the “toll road.”

Editor’s note: Officials from Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station sent a response to a legal settlement between Southern California Edison and Citizens’ Oversight Projects earlier this year, stating it would not be willing to store the spent nuclear fuel from SONGS. The Department of Energy is the ultimate overseer of the spent fuel.

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