Costs Surrounding San Onofre Shutdown Continue to Climb

thank you for reporting on San Onofre, please also let the public know about the health risks involved in supplying only 12% of their power. The risks are too great, the nuclear industry is asking us to risk everything- our family, friends, property, homes, businesses, churches, schools, tourism, local economy, our food and water supply. All for something we don't really need. Most people don't know what could happen, or that San Onofre only supplies such a small amount of our power. They are afraid that without it we will be left in the dark, but that is just not the case. I feel that people need to know the facts so that they can make informed decisions regarding the safety of their children. Because what parent would be willing to risk the lives of their children, and their grandchildren for something so petty, if they knew the consequences? Children and fetuses are hundreds of times more susceptible to radioactive particles and radiation because their cells are still growing and dividing. The body mistakes Cesium 137 for Potassium, Stronium 90 for calcium and Radioactive Iodine for regular Iodine. Cesium 137 is absorbed by the muscles, Stronium 90 by the bones, and Radioactive Iodine is absorbed by the thyroid. All three cause cancer and mutations. These isotopes stay in the body indefinitely and can cause birth defects down the line in future generations. The particles settle on the ground and are ingested by humans and animals through the food supply, or breathed into the lungs and absorbed. There is no insurance coverage for a nuclear disaster, so all that we have would be lost. No one is going to come back into a nuclear dead zone. Evacuees would be living in camps, school districts and cities would be forced to absorb the costs of these evacuees. Tourism, which we rely so heavily on, would be wiped out. If we don't act now, while San Onofre is currently shut down, and Fukushima is so fresh in all of our minds, we may never get this opportunity again. We as a community, as parents and teachers, need to call for the permanent decommissioning of San Onofre (SONGS) before it is too late.
— May 29, 2012 3:42 p.m.