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San Diego attorney Mike Aguirre today (Jan. 14) filed a motion with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in an attempt to thwart a bid for secret hearings on the San Onofre nuclear facility mishap. The facility is jointly owned by Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE). Generators failed and the facility was put out of service. Aguirre says that the secret meetings are against state law; no good cause has been shown for secrecy, and hush-hush meetings would undermine confidence in the regulatory body.

Customers of the two utilities paid $700 million to replace four faulty generators at San Onofre. The CPUC said the generators would last 18 years. "One lasted two years and one lasted one year," says Aguirre. "Did someone say, 'Profit is more important than safety?'" he asks. "The cost of reckless behavior should fall on stockholders, not ratepayers. Edison wants to recover the money in secret. The CPUC is trying to keep [Edison] profitable. SDGE is doing the same thing as [Edison]."

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MURPHYJUNK Jan. 15, 2013 @ 7:59 a.m.

From the """mishaps""" the past few years, it looks like the persons that run ( tek staff) are in need of some serious butt covering.


Don Bauder Jan. 15, 2013 @ 8:44 a.m.

Murphyjunk: I was using a euphemism when I said "mishaps." The blunders were worse than that. Best, Don Bauder


Twister Jan. 16, 2013 @ 8:02 p.m.

Maybe Aguirre could start a watchdog organization?

This is SERIOUS stuff. Which other media covered this?


Don Bauder Jan. 17, 2013 @ 7:08 a.m.

Twister: I don't know what other media followed this particular story. The Reader and other media ARE following various aspects of the San Onofre disgrace. Best, Don Bauder


Twister Jan. 18, 2013 @ 12:42 a.m.

Don, you were sagacious, indeed, to get the hell out of San Diego well ahead of the meltdown. What ARE they hiding?


Don Bauder Jan. 18, 2013 @ 8:42 a.m.

Twister: I can assure you a nuclear meltdown was not a consideration when I moved. Best, Don Bauder


Twister Jan. 18, 2013 @ 6:15 p.m.

It's like a multiple-guess question. You get the credit anyway.

But what ARE they hiding?

PS: Starting at the leaky tubes, follow the technical history. Use the Challenger investigation as a model (to avoid, except for Richard Feynman and General forgot-his-name). THAT'S why there needs to be an open investigation, a public hearing, and somebody with that kind of courage and intelligence to reveal the real truths.


Don Bauder Jan. 18, 2013 @ 7:50 p.m.

Twister: Absolutely -- open investigation. But will the CPUC tolerate transparency? Best, Don Bauder


Twister Jan. 20, 2013 @ 10:40 p.m.

"will the CPUC tolerate transparency? Best, Don Bauder"

Let's say it doesn't. What then?


Founder Jan. 24, 2013 @ 11:43 a.m.

Then San Diego attorney Mike Aguirre will take them to Court, with a smile on his face, because despite denials, the CPUC is part of the reason why there are problems with these replacement steam generators and if the CPUC was not enabling Edison to continue to collect 54 Million dollars a month from rate payers things would be very different at SanO.


Founder Jan. 24, 2013 @ 11:35 a.m.

Behold the NEW MEDIA reality in SoCal:

A 1.2 Billion Dollar Ripoff by Edison/SDG&E of SoCal ratepayers and there is almost nothing written or said about it ...

Little by little the news is starting to leak out and as people find out about the size of the problem the word is spreading faster than radiation after a meltdown!

Things have gotten so extreme, that the NRC has even formed a special review panel to look into how the NRC looked into San Onofre in the first place!

Many believe that 2013 is the year SanO starts decommissioning!


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