From an earlier post but still relivent:
I believe that the CURRENT PROBE into San Onofre will expose many more questionable tubes and also an ongoing coverup of safety related info that was concealed in order to sidestep NRC notifications. San Onofre has the worst safety record of all US reactors and it just makes sense that the Operator will be trying very hard to keep the lid on anything that draw attention to their reactor or it's operation.
The NRC gave the Nuclear Industry a "PASS" on the tube wear issue before on San Onofre and many of the other reactors around the Country http://wp.me/p21p6a-77L BUT NOW
They are realizing that they have a much bigger problem than they first "imagined"; metal erosion/weakness cannot be tolerated when the radioactive leakage is not only high in temperature and pressure but also high in amount of radiation!
Would you use a dangerous leaking pressure pot day after day,... or would you be smart and replace it with something safer?
Fragile tubes and a BIG EARTH QUAKE could makes a large number of those tubes all Fail AT ONCE; which is what I think happened in Fukushima!
Don't forget that initially SCE told everyone that this was no bid deal, then there was no leakage, then a insignificant amount leaked and then only a small leak and then just a tube or two then the NRC asked for more info because of PUBLIC pressure and now it comes out that it is a MAJOR Concern for all of SoCal...
If this progression sounds familiar just remember that TEPCO in Japan did the very same thing when they had their Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster in Fukushima on 3/11/11...
TEPCO and the entire Nuclear Industry is DESPERATE to avoid the concept that an BIG EQ can start a meltdown because it puts EVERY land based Reactor at RISK of creating a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster...
TEPCO "fiddled" with the 3/11/11 operators data just enough to make it appear that the Tsunami was the "cause" because most people Globally are not afraid of Tsunamis'...
Sure the data shows they were adding "makeup" water; but ask yourself why was that extra water suddenly required in such massive amounts? The answer is MASSIVE RADIOACTIVE WATER LEAKAGE caused by the QUAKE! Think of all the weakened condenser tubes, weakened wiring piping penetrations, and old seam welds at supporting reinforcements all starting to fail at the same time because of the BIG ground movements caused by the EQ and the after shocks...
We all know what happens when you shake up a soda can and then start to open it.
Fukushima was caused by the failure of the reactor to withstand the ground movements caused by the huge EQ, which by the way, was built far beyond the spec's of ANY US reactors...
What will happen when CA get the BIG One, better yet, can the USA afford a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster?
To stay informed about San Onofre issues, go to http://sanonofresafety.org/
Edison has demonstrated that San Onofre does not provide clean or reliable energy. And government documents show we have a surplus of energy without the two nuclear plants. The California electric grid operator has various contingency plans so we will not have rolling blackout in the summer -- even with peak demand. Their annual Transmission Plans state we don't need San Onofre for stability, even under the most severe contingencies. Who are these "experts" expressing concern over the ability to meet summer’s peak demands? Please name them. This is too serious an issue for this fear mongering of unnamed sources. Don't allow the deception to continue. Let's stick to the facts.
Edison and SDG&E customers pay billions of dollars to keep this plant running, including paying for these defective generators -- while Edison makes millions in profits. And now the CPUC is requiring us to pay millions for earthquake studies and maintenance for a nuclear plant we don't need. Why are they doing this?
Both nuke plants kill millions of marine life every year with their Once Through Cooling technology, yet the California Water Resources Control Board is allowing these plants to continue to operate for years, with no viable plan on the horizon to mitigate the destruction of our marine life. They have the authority to shut these plants down. Why are they not doing it?
We're sitting ducks with the tons of toxic waste sitting at that plant.
NRC data shows San Onofre has the worst safety record of all US nuclear power plants and the highest rate of retaliation against employees who report safety problems. Edison will try to say they are improving to deflect from the fact that they are the worst in the nation.
They continue to use poor judgment in their management decisions and the NRC has put that in their performance reports. The decision to redesign the steam generators could have cost us our cities. Steam generator failures can cause a loss of water, resulting in a meltdown and large on-going releases of toxic radiation. You may not be investing in Edison stock, but you are investing your lives and everything you hold dear to you in Southern California.
If you recall, at first they said no problems, then a leak so tiny that it could not be measured, then only a few tubes then MORE tubes, then they are being investigated by the NRC for not being completely open about what design changes were being made as part of the upgrade, now this NRC on-site Review by the head of the NRC himself!
This goes way beyond "very bad form" IMO...
Gee, what is wrong with this TWISTED picture?
The over serving bar and club owners are creating these problems and making BIG BUCKS doing it, while the residents get to spend their time and money chipping in to buy a vehicle so they can try to help the Police deal with something that is encouraged by our elected Leaders and Mayor!
Party SD, is now being marketed, so the enforcement "FIX" is in... How many DUI sweeps actually happen in NP per year?
What about fining these over serving BUSINESSES and if that doesn't do the trick, also make the Business Improvement District that enables these questionable Business's subject to the same type of lawsuits that absentee land lords are, when there are drug dealers doing their illegal businesses on the Landlord's property!
I hope the debates for the next STRONG MAYOR will include what each of them will do to make sure that San Diego is never again the worst City in the USA when it comes to DUI's (according to Insurance.com) TWO YEARS in a row!
Ace Hoffman on KPBS
More info on the Audio
Senator Ron Wyden
Mitsubishi Affirms Serious Steam Generator Problem at San Onofre Nuclear Reactors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Shaun Burnie | 202.957.1247
April 20, 2012
Mitsubishi Affirms Serious Steam Generator Problem at San Onofre Nuclear Reactors
Reactors Cannot Be Operated During 2012 Summer – Says FOE
SAN FRANCISCO – The Japanese firm responsible for fabricating the failing steam generators at Southern California Edison’s San Onofre nuclear reactors announced today that it is undertaking analyses of the causes of the serious, unresolved safety problems.
In papers filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the firm, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, revealed that its reviews will extend at least through the end of August—ensuring that the troubled reactors will not be able to operate through the summer.
The severity of the problems at San Onofre first came to light when one of the reactor’s steam generators leaked radiation at the end of January. The subsequent discovery of unusual levels of wear in steel tubing in the steam generators of both units has caused both reactors to remain shut down since.
Posted by CaptD in the comments portion of the above site:
I’m glad the their analysis will take all Summer; that way Californians will learn that other forms of Energy can run the State just fine!
This Summer, Southern California will be much less at RISK because both of the reactors at San Onofre will be in cold shut down which makes them much less at risk should a BIG Quake strike!
Looks like just another nail in the coffin that will be used to bury that plant. Such a waste! Those reactors have many more decades of productivity in them, but this pattern of ineptitude will render that moot. So Cal Edison is the utility that almost took over SDGE a couple decades past. Which one is the worst for lack of trust? Darned if I know.
Thanks for bringing this to light, Dorian.
If you want to see the chilling video of the Rules and Open Government (ha ha) Committee presentation, look at it here:
It starts at about 1:11, then the sound is lost because the Deputy City Attorney screws the mic, but the clerk fixes the mic around 1:15.
The attorney's office language is very sloppy, casually mixing up "tax" and "assessment," which have very different legal meanings. Makes you think they don't really get it, or care.
Chilling. Create stumbling blocks, ha ha ha. Marty and Lori find it sooo amusing.
Yeah, city. A statute does not = municipal code. Just try it. Epic fail.
Come on SurfPup, you have to come up with something better than that! This is just one more way the city is going to screw the residents. If you want to litigate or dispute anything they charge you, you have to pay it first? OUTRAGEOUS. That's a tool that could be used to put any/every opponent or critic or whatever out of business or homeless or in severe distress. Just don't forget that the city is masterly at wringing the max out of its taxpayers and delivering as little as possible. This is just one more step in making that all permanent.
It is hard to take anything seriously from Goldsmith with that squirrel sitting on top of his head, at an angle no less.
Almost 3 years ago it was discovered that several thousand downtown residents were overcharged on their PBID tax assessment. I inquired about deducting the refund I was due from my tax bill. I was told that the 10% penalty and 18% interest would apply if I deducted the amount of overcharge. How long will people who are due refunds have to wait? An audit of PBID assessments was completed several months ago. It was supposed to show the amount that citizens were overcharged (and possibly undercharged). So far this audit remains a secret and no refunds have been issued.
There is some precedent for all the delay. Many years ago the alarmists managed to get local voters (only a simple majority) to vote for a Criminal Justice tax, a half-percent sales tax override. Good ol' Larry Stirling, a self-proclaimed conservative, was in the Assembly and carried a law that stated such taxes could be approved with only a simple majority. The problem was that his law was in direct contravention of Prop. 13, which was a constitutional amendment. The tax was quickly challenged in court, and fairly soon a judge ruled it unconstitutional. But the wishy-washy judge did not order the tax stopped. Instead, he stayed his order pending appeal. Finally the state Supreme Court ruled that it was indeed unconstitutional. During that time, about five years, all of SD county paid the extra tax and it was held in escrow. After some machinations, the money was sort-of refunded, along with the interest it had earned, through a refund program and a reduction of the tax rate for several months. But that program had to be invented and approved by the court before it could begin. So, it was years. If you need your refund in a hurry, you are in a fix.
It is a real travesty, that in this day of electronic banking that property Owners cannot be debited OR CREDITED ASAP; any corrections to be applied in future taxes as required...
To do less is is just a gift to the City and encourages them to make things worse for tax payers!
As Gov't. gets ever more powerful, the "rights" of the people will continue to be eroded as the "CITY" protects itself with laws that only the rich can afford to challenge!
The City is also doing a similar thing by allowing its "City" appointed Planning Commission Members to approve zoning that benefits Business Owners by over ruling local residents; which in effect, negates the City own zoning rules unless you are able to pay huge Attorney fees to challenge them in court...
The city owes property owners a refund of all assessments paid to an ILLEGALLY formed MAD.
If there is no repayment, the city opens itself to further litigation.
How much extra cash does the city have to waste on lawsuits that could be avoided by following the law?
The first suit was the only way the property owners of Golden Hill/South Park could get the attention of our city government and councilmembers.
Do the property owners need to file again?
Is that what the city wants? Really?
TWO other Hidden Problems in all MAD's:
This is a document that has many legal interpretations and because different Lawyers have different opinions, this document can be "gamed" to allow projects that the original voters did not even consider when they voted on the issue!
Vague wording guarantees future abuse by those then in control of the money collected!
Lawyers not keeping tract of their time?
TrueJustice, the City Attorney's Office also said that staff "did not keep track of all time spent on the case."
Dorian Hargrove 4:30 p.m., Jan. 30
Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Jan. 30
Matt Potter 2:30 p.m., Jan. 30
Eva Knott 12:30 p.m., Jan. 30
Ian Anderson noon, Jan. 30
Liz Swain 11:30 a.m., Jan. 30
Emily Reily 11 a.m., Jan. 30
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