Power company's Darling

The CPUC hearings about SONGS were a disgusting charade designed to mislead the ratepayers and conceal the dangerous operation of a nuclear power station. If replacement pressure steam tubes could be designed to create vibrations leading to failure, and that failure could propagate throughout the facility, the public needs to have a bright light shined on the myriad of failure modes possible at such power plants. Allocation of the losses is important, too. Only by paying the losses can a message be sent to the Board of Directors by the shareholders. Otherwise there is moral hazard in the operation of a nuclear power plant. Maximization of profits rather than public safety will continue until a massive mishap. The CPUC decided to pass the losses on to ratepayers and evade judicial inquiry into the lack of prudence by the operator and their contractors that caused the failure of the replacement steam pressure tubes. It is well-known that no escape plan exists to evacuate the general population of Southern California in the event of a loss of coolant event leading to meltdown. No plans exist to safely store spent fuel rods. The tsunami wall was not sufficient to protect against a large tsunami. A large earthquake or a terrorist attack, a mass coronal projection, or any of a number of other events could trigger a meltdown. The nuclear cartel in all of its many manifestations, including nuclear energy generation, is a clear and present danger to the environment and human populations. To have a smug Administrative Law Judge and a Chairman such as Michael Peevey in charge of the truth-finding in such an important proceeding as this is an outrage.It needs to be reopened, all the dirty laundry aired in public, with discovery of documents and cross-examination of the authors of those documents under penalty of perjury. One meltdown in Southern California would finish off the economy of the state of California. I hope that these wrongdoers see the inside of a prison cell. Judge Darling does not recall discussing anything but procedural matters. But she does not recall not discussing the cause of the accident and the damages either. That is unacceptable for a judge. Without a record of her *ex parte* contacts, we are left with her memory, which seems more than convenient under the circumstances. We have a factual dispute between a judge and a party without any actual record. The appearance of impropriety is overwhelming under these circumstances. Senator Boxer's Committee was having difficulty in obtaining documents. The CPUC and the NRC are designed to protect the operators of nuclear power plants at the expense of public safety. Nothing could demonstrate this more than the SONGS settlement.
— May 26, 2015 8:10 a.m.

Power company's Darling

CaptD, The public meeting in Costa Mesa a year ago in May with the CPUC was claimed to be a "kangeroo court" by protesters, yourself included. When I spoke my piece before the Commission, I looked each Commissioner in the eye. Not one could look 'ole Diogenes in the eye. I had not found an honest person. I lowered my lamp. I am very effective in detecting dishonesty by observing facial micro-expressions. I have training in the method from Paul Ekman, one of the originators. My encounter with the Commissioners was videotapped. It can be run in slow motion. I could point out who were the most dishonest. Regarding ALJ Darling, it would seem that she.tried to shut down Mr. Aguirre from making a record by sustaining objections. In retrospect, this appears to have been intended to conceal her contacts with private utility executives and further the behind-the-scenes settlement that favored private utility shareholders over ratepayers. I stated that the settlement was premature without producing all documents and questioning the authors under penalty of perjury. You can imagine how nervous they were. The secret meetings in Poland resulted in handwritten notes that Commissioner Peevey would brandish. The UT story from yesterday's edition lays this out. As I recall, search warrants executed at Peevey"s home revealed the "cocktail napkin notes" from the meeting in Poland. If the deal was already concluded in advance of public hearings, that is a violation due process and constitutes a "taking." The federal judge should set aside the settlement as requested by Aguirre and Severson's lawsuit and refer the matter to the U.S Attorney's office for prosecution.
— May 25, 2015 4:08 p.m.

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