In 2012, the owners of the San Onofre nuclear power plant on the California coast “operated the reactor outside the allowable limits for pressure and temperature” causing a radiation leak that shut down the facility permanently.
Although the aging plant is no longer in use, Southern California Edison, the primary electricity supply company for much of Southern California, is keeping 3.6 million pounds of lethal radioactive waste at the plant in San Clemente, California. One current problem plaguing the plant is leaking canisters.
“Glitches happen with all sorts of new technologies,” said UC San Diego professor David Victor about a loose bolt that was found on a newly designed canister being used to store spent radioactive fuel.
Quite a nonchalant citing of a very serious problem.
“This is the nature of technology — that improvements in design come with unexpected side-effects,” Victor continued. Unexpected side effects? These ‘side effects’ refer to a canister dripping radioactive fuel. The professor should have been a politician.
Nuclear fuel storage is a serious issue – the waste poses a significant threat to the health, safety and economic vitality to the more than 8 million residents living in the region.
Turn the page to see Edison’s unnerving plan for storing the radioactive waste and the serious danger this plant poses: