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The Los Angeles City Council yesterday joined a host of Southern California cities in passing a resolution calling for public safety hearings before a restart is allowed at the troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in northern San Diego County.

Del Mar, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Vista, and the board of the San Diego Unified School District have passed similar resolutions in recent months, as have seven other cities outside San Diego.

“There is a growing consensus from cities in the Southland that Edison's restart plan amounts to a dangerous experiment that gambles with the safety of millions of Southern Californians,” says S. David Freeman, a senior consultant for environmental group Friends of the Earth and former head of the Los Angeles Department of Power and Water.

After pressure from watchdog groups such as Friends, plant operator Southern California Edison submitted a license amendment request to allow the plant to move forward with restart plans. Edison hopes to resume power generation activities by June 1, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, in charge of overseeing the plant, has repeatedly said such a time frame for approval is unrealistic.

Meanwhile, engineer and power expert Bill Powers says fears of massive power shortages this summer without San Onofre may be exaggerated. Powers reported last August that no shortage of power existed during the plant’s outage last summer, even during the season’s strongest heat wave.

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Founder April 24, 2013 @ 5:54 p.m.

From the Web: Los Angeles votes to oppose reactor restart without public hearings LA council joins other SoCal cities in concern over safety link text

snip LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously today to ask federal regulators not to allow the restart of the crippled San Onofre nuclear reactors before the formal public process to determine whether Edison’s experimental restart plan is safe and all needed repairs or replacements are completed .

The resolution by District 5 Councilmember Paul Koretz and District 11 Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, which passed 11-0, thanks in part to the leadership of Councilmember Jose Huizar who chairs the Council's Energy and Environment Committee, expresses support for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to: make no decision about restarting either San Onofre unit until it has fully reviewed public safety through a prudent, transparent, and precautionary process, has allowed independent experts and the public ample opportunity to comment, and has confirmed that Southern California Edison has completed any resulting mandated repairs, replacements, or other actions necessary to guarantee both short and long-term safe operation of San Onofre . . . [The City also encourages the NRC] to take the time needed to independently determine whether or not the information, analysis and actions provided by Southern California Edison constitute a solid technical basis for the adequate protection of the public and resumption of operations.

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Founder April 24, 2013 @ 6:03 p.m.

SCE has been dragging its "feet" on installing new solar capacity, since that would make San Onofre un-necessary and which just makes a brown out more likely, when instead there are just trying to justify their 1.5 Billion ratepayer rip off!

If they get away with this ripoff, prepare for even greater Energy Slavery...

In too many places in the USA, the Utilities now have a monopoly on providing energy and are only controlled by a regulatory authority that has now become nothing but a cheerleader for the Utility, so the ratepayers are getting fleeced, while shareholders of the Utility make record profits!

In Southern California, SCE now has taken about 1.5 Billion Dollars to rebuild 4 huge replacement steam generators at San Onofre's reactors Unit 2 and 3 but they have all failed very soon after being put in service and SCE is still collecting about 68 million a month in fees, while they try and figure out how not to get stuck with the bill!

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Founder April 24, 2013 @ 6:51 p.m.

Face it we have had occasional Brown outs for any number of reasons over the years with and without San Onofre in operation and that is a fact.

The CA ISO (Independent System Operators) have said that we now have a 20% surplus without either San Onofre or El Diablo nuclear plants, so I say relax and have SCE prove that we don't have enough energy and that we NEED San Onofre; this is the reason for the CPUC investigation which is focused of fiscal reasonableness. Much more factual information on this issue here: http://sanonofresafety.org/energy-options/

Now that San Onofre has NOT been in operation for over a year we have had no problems to speak of because if we did then SCE and SDG&E would have been telling US all about it; which leaves US to wonder what is the real reason the SCE and SDG&E is doing what they are doing beside trying to cover their assets?

They now owe ratepayers between a half a Billion and 1.5 Billion dollars depending on how hard they can push the CPUC to not require them to rebate US what they have already collected from ratepayers and that number is continuing to grow at about $75 million a month, since the CPUC has not taken San Onofre off the rate base even though they are not producing any power, since bout Unit 2 and Unit 3 are shut down!

The reason we have just about the highest priced energy in the USA is because we are being ripped off and the CPUC is enabling SCE and SDG&E to get away with it; while the shareholders of those Corp.'s have been enjoying record profits! These Utilities are supposed to be serving the common good, instead they are they taking advantage of us and looking out for themselves and their shareholders...

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