Don Bauder

Don Bauder is a Reader contributor. See staff page for published articles.

Senator wanted pressure on Mitsubishi for failed reactor

MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ALSO SENT LETTERS FOR EDISON, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS CLEAR BY THAT TIME THAT THE BLAME LAY WITH EDISON. Further letters that local attorneys Mike Aguirre and Mia Severson unearthed show that Edison got key members of the California Congressional delegation to write letters meant to show Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, not Edison, was to blame for the San Onofre closing. That was untrue. By the time the letters were written, Sen. Barbara Boxer had released so-called "root cause" letters showing that Southern California Edison was aware of the defects that ultimately brought San Onofre down, but Edison did not follow up because it would have had to report to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, says Aguirre. Also, the public would have been able to comment. Boxer wanted a criminal investigation. Ted Craver, the highest official at Edison, wrote to Michael Peevey, head of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), to boast about the political support he was getting. Craver included copies of the letters signed by members of Congress, as well as the one signed by Sen. Feinstein (see above). Peevey, of course, knew that the blame lay with Edison, not Mitsubishi. So did Craver. Thus, the letters are overflowing with known falsehoods. One letter was sent to Michael Froman, United States trade representative. The letter attempted to put pressure on Froman to pressure Japan to punish Mitsubishi. Those who signed: Darrell Issa, Edward Royce, Kevin McCarthy, and Buck McKeon, members of Congress,.The letter said that the Edison/Mitsubishi dispute would go to arbitration, which is a long process. The Congress members wanted Froman to pressure Japan to get Mitsubishi to capitulate. Aguirre says this is disgraceful and I agree. Best, Don Bauder
— November 29, 2015 9:43 a.m.

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