Jeff Smith 7 a.m., March 30
Calls for public hearings on San Onofre grow, fears about summer power supply may be exaggerated
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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