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Southern California Edison, operator of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, has announced that more than 1,300 tubes that carry radioactive water and steam through the plant’s generators are so heavily damaged that they will be taken out of service.

With roughly 39,000 total tubes in the four steam generators that were installed at San Onofre’s two reactors in 2009, the new damage estimate is more than three times that reported by Edison International chairman Ted Craver to stockholders last week.

Edison also sent out a press release yesterday to clarify that it had not yet filed a request with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to restart operations at the plant.

“Recent media reports referred to June dates for the restart of Units 2 and 3 at [San Onofre]. However, those dates were provided by [Edison] to the [California Independent System Operator Corporation] as a purely administrative matter in March of 2012 because, for long-range planning purposes, [California Independent System Operator Corporation] requires an estimated return to service date to be posted. These dates are for planning purposes only and are subject to change,” says the release.

While the Reader has not reported that a request had been filed, we did note that Southern California Edison executive vice president Stephen Pickett told U-T San Diego that “we would present [a proposal for resuming operations] to the (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) in mid-May.”

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Visduh May 9, 2012 @ 8:29 a.m.

I don't think the reports were incorrect; Edison was certainly hoping/praying that it could quickly paper over all those faults and get the plant up and running. Not gonna happen! I'd say that it is highly likely that this will require a complete overhaul of both units, and that even with such an overhaul, the plant may never reopen. It's mid-May now, and we shall see if they file a request.

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johngeesman May 9, 2012 @ 9:45 a.m.

In Unit 3, the plugged tube count is a little over halfway to the 8% design threshold that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries previously announced. What happens when/if that threshold is crossed?

The SONGS license calls for plugging at 35% degradation. In the NRC's reports in early February, there were 10 times more tubes with 10-20% degradation than there were with more than 20% degradation. Over the past three months we seem to have lost count of the degraded tubes that haven't yet hit the 35% threshold. Neither Edison nor the NRC reports this number. Why not?

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Burwell May 9, 2012 @ 10:04 a.m.

The US no longer has the technology to build nuclear reactors and has to rely on the Japanese for spare parts. Truly pathetic.

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Founder May 9, 2012 @ 11:55 a.m.

Prediction Proven Correct...!

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!

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Founder May 9, 2012 @ 11:56 a.m.

RE: CA Legislator Rep. Dana Rohrabacher who implied that the Reactors was going to restart very soon: ===> N☢ CHANCE...

May 7, 2012 – STATEMENT FROM CHAIRMAN GREGORY JACZKO ON SAN ONOFRE RESTART http://wp.me/p21p6a-8xT snip Despite some erroneous reports in the media, there is no NRC timetable for restart of the San Onofre nuclear reactors, which have been shut down over safety issues affecting the steam generators.

We have yet to receive the utility’s written response documenting their completion of actions described in the March 27 Confirmatory Action Letter, so any discussion of a date for the restart of Unit 2 or Unit 3 is clearly premature. Once we receive their response, we will take whatever time is necessary to conduct a thorough safety review.

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Founder May 9, 2012 @ 11:58 a.m.

RE The Health Study of those living near SORE:

Why should all the people in Southern California wait 10 years to be saved from the RISK of a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster like Japan now has? Ask your Congressman, "Where would you suggest that the Trillion+ Dollars come from if it happened here?"

Don't suggest the wimpy Price-Waterhouse Bill because as we all know, it max's out at about 12 Billion dollars and that is a drop in the radioactive bucket is SORE suffered a meltdown like Fukushima; the beach front property alone is worth much more than that!

Per the NRC: Fact Sheet on Nuclear Insurance and Disaster Relief http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/funds-fs.html

In short, if there is more that 12 Billion in damages, we are left holding a empty radioactive bag! This is only a tiny fraction of what it will cost in Fukushima, which is about a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster! What is the value of all the homes and Commercial property downwind of SORE?

Here is a great graphic that will help everyone visualize what is downwind of SORE! NRDC Nuclear Fallout Map

http://www.nrdc.org/nuclear/fallout/

Just click on a reactor and zoom in...

Where will the US Government get the REST of the money if it happened here next week, Rob Social Security and or Medicare?

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Founder May 9, 2012 @ 12:03 p.m.

They Lied... San Onofre: No restart plan submitted – No root cause identified http://wp.me/p21p6a-8yu snip

Edison International announced in an e-mail statement, that it hasn’t filed a request with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to restart its San Onofre nuclear plant, adding that any forward-looking statements regarding potential June restart dates in media reports were for “planning purposes only” and “are subject to change”.

Edison expects to submit its restart plan by mid-May to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which must sign off on it, Stephen Pickett, executive vice president at Edison’s Southern California Edison utility, said in a telephone interview.

Regulators may also review the $592 million the utility has spent to install the generators two years ago, Pickett said.

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Founder May 9, 2012 @ 3:14 p.m.

Here is the latest on SORE (San Onofre Reactor Emergency):

Here is that link that shows that SCE was giving out bogus info on the seriousness of the nuclear problems: http://enformable.com/2012/05/san-onofre-no-restart-plan-submitted-no-root-cause-identified/#comment-5595

I believe that the Sempra Board Members and other INSIDERS knew they were going to take a BIG hit and dumped stock while at the same time their PR folks tried to put a happy face on it...

or put another way:

Just more down and dirty on SORE (San Onofre Reactor Emergency)...

While SCE PR tried to downplay the # of tubes (which went way up from a "few", to many thousands) and other design issues, Sempra Chairman sold Millions of dollars of stock...

At the same time, many have been saying that SORE would restart very soon... N☢T

I hope the SEC looks into who has been dumping SCE, Sempra and SDG&E stock to see if this is just the TIP (no pun intended) of the iceberg on this issue...

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Founder May 11, 2012 @ 3:58 a.m.

WHAT IS SAN DIEGO DOING?

Irvine Council pushes Edison to reveal non-nuclear summer electricity plan http://is.gd/Z1r0P6 snip Irvine, Calif. -- The heat is on Southern California Edison tonight as it presents its energy efficiency plans to Irvine City Council -- one day after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair shot down Edison’s talk of an early restart of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

On Monday, NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko issued a strongly worded statement that called talk of restarting San Onofre's damaged nuclear reactors “clearly premature” because Edison has yet to respond to actions ordered by the nuclear agency in a letter dated March 27.

David Freeman, former general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Power and Water, and special advisor to Friends of the Earth, said in a statement in advance of the Irvine Council meeting:

“The Edison company would do well to stop threatening blackouts as an excuse for prematurely restarting a dangerous nuclear plant. Blackouts are a failure by a utility to supply reliable service and are not new to Edison's customers. Blackouts are a concern whether or not San Onofre is operating.

“The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a report in April 2012 concerning the regional blackout in southern California on Sept. 8, 2011.

“The report found that the Edison company was partially responsible for that blackout which affected millions.

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Founder May 11, 2012 @ 6:01 p.m.

It is not "JUST" in SoCal...

Look at these other examples:

Nuclear Loans, Subsidies & other Taxpayer Swindles…. http://www.state.nv.us/nucwaste/news2012/pdf/nirs120505sierraclub.pdf

Nearly $1 Billion Vogtle Nuclear Reactor Cost Overrun Echoes Earlier Warning About 'Boondoggle' Project

Even though the Vogtle reactor project got its federal license just three months ago, the controversial nuclear reactors are already in trouble. The latest problem: A cost overrun of nearly $1 billion in 2011 dollars, according to groups that warned in February that the Vogtle expansion effort is a boondoggle that could hurt ratepayers and (depending on the status of a pending Solyndra-style federal loan guarantee) U.S. taxpayers.

Southern Co. publicly acknowledged its share of the cost overrun in a filing this week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at http://investor.southerncompany.com/secfiling.cfm?filingID=92122-12-76&CIK=092122. The new admission about problems at Vogtle follow recent reports about grading issues under the reactor's foundation, improperly installed rebar that has slowed the project, and dozens of amendments requested to the federal license for the two new Vogtle reactors.

Given all of the partners involved in Vogtle project, the cost overrun would break down as follows: Georgia Power ($400 million); Oglethorpe ($263 million); MEAG Power ($199 million); and the City of Dalton ($14 million). The $875 million in 2008 dollars would be worth $913 million in 2011 dollars.

http://newsblaze.com/story/2012051107280200001.pnw/topstory.html

NUCLEAR $WINDLE$

Need I say MORE, no wonder these Nuclear Fascists* can afford to pay Politicians so well....

Next we will see all these Giant Utilities support each others "RIGHT" ... To swindle all their own ratepayers...

What a Nuclear Waste!

Free America from Nuclear Bondage!

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Founder May 13, 2012 @ 10:04 a.m.

Another great interview by Libbe HaLevy >>>> interview with Daniel Hirsch has a lot of information on the San Onofre situation:

http://www.nuclearhotseat.com/blog/

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bombshellbeauty2010 May 25, 2012 @ 9:41 p.m.

We need more coverage of San Onofre, I for one am not willing to risk the lives of my children for the 12% of energy supplied by the plant. San Onofre is the biggest, most dangerous issue we have right now and it is also probably the one that people are most misinformed on. The U.S recommended a 50 mile evacuation zone for Fukushima, yet they only recommend a 10 mile radius here for us. Are the lives of our residents expendable? Do we love our children less than other people? Are there enough buses to evacuate our children if parents can't reach them in time? Are people ok with permanent evacuation, living in refugee camps like the people in Japan? Do our home owners insurance policies cover nuclear disasters? What would a nuclear disaster do to our local economy and tourism? These things need to be discussed. The only thing we can look forward to with the continued operation of San Onofre is birth defects, genetic mutations and a drastic rise in childhood cancer. I was born here, I inherited this mess, and I'm NOT going to leave it to my children.

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Founder July 18, 2012 @ noon

Great comment, be sure to see the News update below!

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Founder July 18, 2012 @ 11:58 a.m.

NEWS UPDATE: How Broken Is the San Onofre Nuclear Plant? http://is.gd/T1Sc4X See whistle blower discussion in the comments section...

from Greentechmedia.com

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