Two recent scandals confirm that public safety is not top priority of either the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or Southern California Edison as they lurch forward with a faulty engineering design for removing spent nuclear waste from cooling pools and loading into dry storage at the now shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
Times of San Diego 12th Aug 2019 read more »
It’s encouraging that the federal government finally managed to sneak a second half a metric ton of deadly plutonium out of South Carolina. It’s not encouraging that it took a court order to force the Energy Department to comply with a federal law that required it to remove that first metric ton by 2016. Even less encouraging: There are about 11 more metric tons of the stuff stored at the Savannah River Site near Aiken. In a 65-year-old building not intended for long-term storage that the federal government says has a “degraded” roof and other problems that leave its condition “poor.” And water-supply problems that could make it impossible to stop a fire if one started. Located just 5 miles from the Savannah River, which supplies drinking water to 1.4 million people.
Post & Courier 12th Aug 2019 read more »