[ RadSafe ] FW: A California disaster waiting to happen

JPreisig at aol.com JPreisig at aol.com
Mon Aug 6 14:24:14 CDT 2012

Hey Radsafe,
     San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant is nowhere near a  subduction zone --- 
thus a large tsunami
is unlikely to hit the plant directly.  San Onofre is no Fukushima  waiting 
to happen.
After the retrofit/repair, the plant can go on about its business of  
generating electricity for
California.  Sounds like a win/win to me.
    Nice job by the Jet Propulsion Lab landing that  Curiousity and Rover 
on the surface of Mars.
The mission is Plutonium Powered.  Robotically Controlled.  The  one-way 
travel time 
was 7 Months plus.
   This makes it sound like a manned-Mission to Mars would  take 15 months 
or so.  That sounds
real do-able.  Halving the one-way travel time would make the mission  a 
GO, as far as I am concerned.
Recent Radsafe posts suggest Radiation data are available from the  Apollo 
Moon Missions.
Unfortunately, many of NASA's Apollo Moon-Mission workers were laid off  
when Apollo was done.
Yes, a manned mission to Mars would be dangerous.  One Solar Flare,  
wrongly-placed, could ruin
your whole day, and possibly kill the Mars-Mission astronauts.  Up to  each 
astronaut, how much risk
each person is willing to accept.
    Maybe a well-planned Manned, Moon Mission would be in  order, first???
    It appears NASA also has plans and some dedicated  funding for a new 
breed of Space
Shuttles.  Why sit on your hands and do nothing????
    Have a good week!!!  If you ever have the chance to  tour or work at 
the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
in Pasadena, California, go for it.  There's a nice campus-like  
environment there, with Palm Trees,
Warm California Breezes and so on.  It's almost Heaven...
   Regards,   Joseph R. (Joe) Preisig, PhD 
In a message dated 8/6/2012 12:53:42 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
toddmax at scripps.edu writes:

I  recently received the following email. I thought some of you would be  

"With great power must also come great responsibility." -  Stan Lee

Todd Maxwell, MS
Radiation Safety Officer,
Manager  Controlled Substances Program
The Scripps Research  Institute
Environmental Health & Safety
Mailcode TPC027
10550  North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, California  92037

From: Jordan Krueger, CREDO Action  [mailto:act at credoaction.com]
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2012 7:07 AM
To:  Todd Maxwell
Subject: A California disaster waiting to  happen




Clicking  here will automatically add your name to this petition to Allison 
Macfarlane,  Chairman, Nuclear Regulatory  

"The  San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has the worst safety record of 
all  nuclear reactors in the United States, and isn't even needed to meet 
maximum  power demands. Shut it down for good."  

Automatically  add your name:  


Learn  more about this  


The  San Onofre nuclear plant is an accident waiting to  

Dear  Todd,

Eight million people in California will soon be endangered by  America's 
most dangerous nuclear power plant if Southern California Edison  power 
company has its way.

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station  (SONGS), which sits on the beach 
between Los Angeles and San Diego, was shut  down temporarily in January 
after it was found to be leaking radioactive  steam. But incredibly, Southern 
California Edison - the primary electricity  provider for over 14 million 
people in Southern California - is now trying to  bring the dangerous nuclear 
energy plant back online.1

This plant is  unsafe, but it's also totally unnecessary. Even without the 
San Onofre nuclear  plant, there's enough power generating capacity in 
Southern California to keep  the lights on even on the hottest days of the year.2 
We need to shut this  plant down permanently, and force Southern California 
Edison to stop delaying  implementation of clean, safe renewable energy 
generating systems.

Tell  the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Chairman, Allison Macfarlane: 
Shut down  San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station permanently. Click here to 
automatically  sign the petition.  

When  this plant was shut down in January for maintenance, it was 
discovered that it  had been leaking radioactive steam from the new steam generators 
that had just  been installed in 2010. These new generators, which were 
installed at a cost  of $700 million, were expected to allow the plant to remain 
open for many more  years. But flaws in the design of these new parts led 
to an unexpectedly short  lifespan despite the high cost of installation.

This came as no  surprise to anyone who's been tracking this plant. Data 
collected by the  Nuclear Regulatory Commission shows that the San Onofre 
nuclear plant is a  disaster waiting to happen. Not only does the plant have 
more complaints of  safety problems from employees and contractors than any 
other nuclear power  plant in the country,3 but it's also the site of the most 
complaints of  employee harassment and retaliation, meaning that employees 
who notice safety  problems and try and speak out are being punished.4

Even worse, this  plant is just five miles from the nearest earthquake 
fault line, and recent  research has shown that it's probably at higher risk of 
damage from an  earthquake than previously thought. Not to mention the fact 
that it's built on  the beach of the Pacific Ocean - just like the Fukushima 
plant that  experienced a meltdown in 2011 - making it susceptible to 
tsunami  waves.

Tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Chairman, Allison  Macfarlane: 
Shut down San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station permanently. Click  here to 
automatically sign the petition.  

Southern  California Edison is endangering the lives of millions for a 
power plant they  don't need. The company needs to refocus efforts on renewable 
energy, and save  Californians from a dangerous and aging nuclear power 

The  Nuclear Regulatory Commission's new Chairman, Allison Macfarlane, can 
use her  position to convince the commission's other members that this plant 
shouldn't  reopen. She's been an outspoken critic of nuclear dangers, like 
the Yucca  Mountain complex. She needs to know how important it is to 
Californians that  Southern California Edison isn't allowed to put our state at 
risk for a major  nuclear incident.

Click below to automatically sign the  petition:

Thank  you for standing up against unsafe nuclear power.

Jordan Krueger,  Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets  

1.  Dave Rice, "San Onofre: Even Longer Shutdown or Restarting  
sandiegoreader.com, July 23, 2012
2. Morgan Lee, "Top grid regulator: SoCal  in 'fine shape' for summer 
without San  
Onofre,<http://act.credoaction.com/r/?r=6919763&id=44500-5087125-A8dUupx&t=13>"  utsandiego.com, June 4, 2012
3. "San Onofre nuclear power plant has the  worst safety  
4. Abby Sewell, "San Onofre whistle-blowers less  protected than others in  
&t=15>"  latimes.com, July 4,  2012



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