Living Near a Nuclear Waste Dump
Surprise, surprise, the government is not going to remove the nuclear waste after all. The big promises made years ago to seal the deal for allowing San Onofre to be built was the guarantee that the highly-radioactive nuclear waste would be removed when the plant closed. Now they have reneged on their promise. Instead of removing the waste, the new plan is to store the toxic waste right here indefinitely.
Voila…. Our area is now a Nuclear Waste Dump.
Funny thing is, few people even know they live near a Nuclear Waste Dump. Some even think that they are safe because the reactors are no longer operating. Living near 2,000 tons of uranium and plutonium is safe??? As the decades pass, the risks multiply. In addition to accidents and human error, there is always the danger of a big earthquake or tsunami. That is what caused the disaster in Fukushima. And now Edison is limiting its choice of casks to cheaper versions which have no internal monitoring, are vulnerable to leaks and cracks, and cannot be repaired when they do leak. Does anyone seriously believe that none of these things could happen before the government is supposed to remove the waste in 2049? But the government has no plan to remove it. Its only plan is to keep it here. If the government doesn’t remove the waste by 2049, the “plan” calls for doing nothing and leaving it here for another century. Part of the plan is to wait for a big accident and then figure out what to do.
Now factor in the possibility of a terrorist attack. With such an inviting and vulnerable target, and all the terrorism around the world, does anyone think nothing will happen in the next 50 or 100 years? Some say that one truck bomb could release enough radiation to take out all of Camp Pendleton, much of Orange and San Diego Counties, and make a wasteland of large parts of Southern California. Continue reading