Local activist Donna Gilmore points out that back in October, engineers involved in decommissioning shuttered nuclear plants stressed that fast transfer of deadly nuclear waste into dry casks saves a utility money. That appears to be a good explanation of why Edison, while it was promising to look for burial sites other than next to the ocean, has sped ahead with the project, endangering people within a 50-mile radius of the closed San Onofre plant.
A report in October came from a publication, NuclearEnergyInsider.com. Gilmore points out the key words from that article: “Swift fuel transfer into dry cask storage generates significant cost savings for operators by reducing monitoring and security requirements and cutting labor costs.”
In short, corporate profits, high stock prices, and ridiculously high top-management pay are far more important to Edison than the safety of millions of people.
On August 28 of last year, Edison said it would look for another site for the San Onofre nuclear waste. But it continued work on the burying of the nuclear waste right near the ocean. This is still another reason why I maintain that Edison never had any intention of possibly moving the site of the deadly material. The announcement that Edison would look for another out-of-state location was a charade, in my opinion.