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Edison, SDG&E want feds, not state, to decide decommissioning issues

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
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Tons of nuclear waste will be buried in North County as the now-decommissioned San Onofre nuclear plant is taken apart over the next several years. But the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission should have jurisdiction over the matter, and the State of California should keep its nose out of safety decisions, say Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric in recent filings with the California Public Utilities Commission.

This morning (March 23), San Diego attorney Mike Aguirre wrote to the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce, asking that it bring CPUC's administrative law judges before the committee so the judges can explain why they are saying "the NRC has jurisdiction over safety [matters]," says Aguirre.

In fact, the NRC on its website tells how the federal agency works with states on nuclear safety issues. Edison and SDG&E "don't want customers to have any say on how much money should be spent on safety of the $4 billion they have already collected from ratepayers," says Aguirre.

Edison has delegated responsibility for the nuclear waste to a New Jersey company, just as it delegated authority on the failed steam generators to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, says Aguirre. "There is a role for California residents and officials in the nuclear waste decision-making process," and the CPUC should not cut out the state, says Aguirre.

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First they cause gas pipeline deaths in San Bruno, now they are increasing nuclear radiation at San Onofre, is there no one in Sacramento who cares enough to end these out of control threats to public safety and the California economy? The CPUC is a disastrous failure.

Anon92107: Sacramento (AG) is looking into the Peevey capers. So is the federal government. The assembly committee that watches utilities is wise to what has been going on. Best, Don Bauder

Welcome back Don, but excuse my skepticism. Everybody in Sacramento who was supposed to be "wise to what has been going on" has totally failed to do anything about it for decades, allowing utilities to crash and burn California.

Is anyone speaking out for the dead in San Bruno, is anyone speaking out for those in the San Onofre area who are about to find out what the Japanese are suffering in the Fukushima area.

These folks cannot be trusted until Peevey, Brown and utility execs are in jail and the utilities are made to pass the costs of murderous greed on to the investors at last.

And yes, both the republicans and democrats are totally responsible for the Decline and Fall failure of American Democracy we are experiencing today. God help future generations because our generations have destroyed their long-term future quality of life.

In the end the kwh cost of electricity generated by SONGS will be far higher than any other form of electric generation. It will take 25 years to decommission SONGS. Then there is the storage of nuclear waste. Just where in North County will it be stored? There are several generations of rate payers who have not been born yet who will be paying for this fiasco.

AlexClarke: Decommissioning San Onofre will, as you say, take a long time. If the rape of ratepayers is not reversed, customers who have not yet been born will be paying for egregious management errors that should be paid for by shareholders. Best, Don Bauder

don bauder As someone who spends part of their time living a stones throw from Songs, I can tell you without a doubt that people who haven't been born yet will be paying for egregious management errors, regardless of what happens to ratepayers

Edison wants ratepayers to spent almost $1.3 billion for an inferior nuclear waste dry storage system that NRC data says may crack within 30 years, yet Edison refuses to make public the warranty for this Holtec system. The Diablo Canyon nuclear plant near the coast in San Luis Obispo county has a similar dry storage canister with all the conditions for cracking in a 2-year old canister. The NRC says once a crack starts, it may crack through the wall in 16 years. Edison, instead, references an EPRI report that claims a longer period of time for cracking all the way through, but that report ignores data presented by the NRC that shows other similar components failed within 17 years. It cherry picks data to fit their assumptions and conclusions.

This dry storage system cannot be inspected or repaired and Edison has no plans to deal with a failed storage canister. If Edison is so confident this system won't fail, they should show us the warranty and guarantee this system will last as long as they claim (about 100 years). Otherwise, ratepayers will be stuck paying billions again for more Edison mismanagement. The CPUC will hear the decommission cost case on April 2nd in San Francisco. Edison wants the CPUC to just give them the money instead of requiring a cost benefit analysis that considers other system on the market that are designed for longer term storage and that will not crack. Learn more at SanOnofreSafety.org

Because the CPUC is now under investigation, it should not be making any decisions about how the Decommissioning funds are going to be spent, especially by SCE since they caused the 4 Billion Dollar Replacement Steam Generator Debacle in the first place and should not profit AGAIN from the Decommissioning!

I suggest everyone contact Assemblymember Anthony Rendon's Legislative Director Alf W. Brandt and urge that they require/open CPUC investigations ASAP, instead of allowing the CPUC to simply "clean house" behind closed doors.

Alf W. Brandt, Legislative Director Assemblymember Anthony Rendon State Capitol – Room 5136 Sacramento, California 95814

Direct: (916) 319-2519 Fax: (916) 319-2163 Email: [email protected]

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