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 Nagasaki.
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.