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Monthly Archives: September 2015

From LA’s NBC 4 and San Diego’s NBC 7 come two video reports on nuclear facilities in California that should help raise public awareness of the risks to public safety posed by nuclear reactors.

LA’s NBC 4: LA’s Nuclear Secret: Part 1
Tucked away in the hills above the San Fernando and Simi valleys was a 2,800-acre laboratory with a mission that was a mystery to the thousands of people who lived in its shadow
By Joel Grover and Matthew Glasser

San Diego’s NBC 7 :Documents Detail How Nuclear Material Was Handled at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
Expert tells NBC 7 Investigates handling of nuclear material was “sloppy”
By JW August and Lynn Walsh

From Charles Langley’ Alert: “San Diego’s NBC affiliate is unleashing a story on nuclear waste deposited by Southern California Edison Corporation that may explain
why the pristine State Beach is referred to in internal memos as
“Jap Mesa.”

‘Apparently the Geiger counter readings at some locations are so
high that the site is reminiscent of Ground Zero at Hiroshima and

Key findings include...

– Attempts to keep documents on toxic radiation a secret:
According to the NBC report, Southern California Edison (SCE)
is attempting to keep radioactive pollution a secret by forcing
parties who are involved in negotiations
about the future of the property to sign non-disclosure agreements.

– Radioactive debris left on Beach and “Jap Mesa:”
“Hundreds of pieces” of contaminated radioactive equipment was
stored on both sides of the I-5, the heavily traveled freeway that
bisects the San Onofre Nuclear Waste Dump that is currently
under construction.

– Radiation levels at the beach-front property so alarming:
that in places inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
refused to to perform routine radiation surveys.

– Southern California Edison (SCE)controlled NRC radiation inspections:
According to a former SCE Safety Officer, Edison’s cozy relationship
with inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission prevented
proper inspections. The former employee revealed that NRC inspectors
rarely conducted inspections outside areas that were identified by SCE.

– Trailers housing SCE employees had elevated readings:
In an apparently rare incident where an NRC inspector conducted
radioactive testing without SCE’s supervision, a trailer housing
security guards had elevated readings.

– Calls for Third-Party Investigations:
Former San Onofre employee and Safety Officer Vinod Arora is
calling on an independent third-party to thoroughly inspect the
tainted 25-acre parcel at San Onofre.