The “decommissiong czar” overseeing the complicated $4.4 billion teardown of the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will be a couple of czars – Los Angeles-based AECOM and Salt Lake City-based EnergySolutions, Southern California Edison announced Tuesday. The news was greeted with sneers from some activists, who oppose leaving millions of pounds of spent fuel in dry storage on-site for what could be many decades. “It’s basically a ‘look at the shiny object’ hoax,” said Ace Hoffman of Carlsbad. “The real concern is not this,” Hoffman added. “It’s the 3.6 million pounds of extremely toxic spent nuclear fuel which is going into inadequate containers to be stored indefinitely on our beaches in an earthquake and tsunami zone, under several major air traffic routes, near a busy highway, vulnerable to terrorism and accidents, and not able to be inspected.”
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A Maryland-based anti-nuclear advocacy group is calling for the immediate shutdown of 19 reactors around the country, including Unit 2 at the Millstone Power Station in Waterford, until federal inspectors verify the safety of some key components. Beyond Nuclear announced Thursday that it is preparing to submit an emergency enforcement petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission demanding shutdowns of 19 reactors at 11 sites that have potentially defective parts made by AREVA, a French company. Flaws found in the manufacturing processes at AREVA’s Le Creusot Forge have prompted the shutdown of 20 plants with AREVA components in France, but the NRC has thus far not taken any action at U.S. plants with AREVA parts, said Paul Gunter, director of the reactor oversight project for Beyond Nuclear.
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