Not everyone is happy that Southern California Edison is closing the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). For some reason many Republican activists in Orange County are whining about this and are screaming about energy shortfalls. What can they possibly be thinking? Have they already forgotten what happened in Japan when an earthquake and a tsunami wrecked a nuclear power plant and polluted a huge swath of Japan with radiation?
The San Onofre station has had technical problems over the years. In the July 12, 1982 edition of Time states, “The firm Bechtel was … embarrassed in 1977, when it installed a 420-ton nuclear-reactor vessel backwards” at San Onofre. In 2008, the San Onofre plant received multiple citations over issues such as failed emergency generators, improperly wired batteries and falsified fire safety data. Early in 2011, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued its annual review of the plant, identifying improvements but noting that in the area of human performance, “corrective actions to date have not resulted in sustained and measurable improvement”. Continue reading