Will Southern California Become a Nuclear Waste Dump?
By: Roger Johnson, PhD, Professor Emeritus
San Clemente – As the Community Engagement Panel (CEP) plans for its next meeting (May 22, 6 PM at the Hills Hotel in Laguna Hills), many are reflecting over what happened at the last meeting on May 6. This was a workshop held in San Juan Capistrano to discuss the storage of San Onofre nuclear waste. When the plant was built, everyone was assured that nuclear waste would be moved elsewhere right about now. But it is beginning to look like highly radioactive nuclear waste may be here for many years to come.
San Onofre was never designed to be a waste storage facility. Everyone agrees that this is a dangerous location because of its vulnerability to earthquakes and tsunamis and the fact that it is located in the middle of two densely populated metropolitan areas. It is also a choice target for terrorists, and there is always the danger of human error. Add to this the danger of fire as evidence by the recent blazes at Camp Pendleton which came within a few miles of the plant. Continue reading