Who says a person can’t change the world

CALIF. UTILITY WILL CLOSE TROUBLED NUCLEAR PLANT

A fellow named Ace Hoffman from Carlsbad, CA has been working relentlessly for many years to alert the world to the dangers of these defective nuclear plants situated right between the Pacific Ocean and Interstate Highway 5, one of the busier highways in the world. Those plants also happen to sit right between Los Angeles and San Diego. Here’s a shot of the plants from Google Earth:

SanOnofreNot pictured, of course, is what’s called the Newport/Inglewood/Rose Canyon Fault Zone in which the plant was built. Great place for a badly-designed nuclear plant: on the coast, in an earthquake fault zone, near big cities, right next to the main highway for the area! What could possibly go wrong.

Now let’s hope that the de-commissioning process goes smoothly before a tsunami turns the place into a radiating shambles. Remember what was said here:

According to data at the NOAA Global Historical Tsunami Database, which has records going back to 2000 BC, there have been 34 tsunamis with a wave height greater than twenty feet over the last 400 years. Six of those, or 18%, have occurred since the year 2000…

Of course, all the still-highly-radioactive spent nuclear fuel from 44 years of nuclear power generation will be safely handled by … oh yeah, the USA has no plan for safely handling spent nuclear fuel.  In fact, skip the “safely” part, the USA has no plan for spent nuclear fuel at all. Except to leave it lying around. We sure wouldn’t want to hurt electric utility company profits by making them do something safe with it.

Anyway, closing San Onofre Units 2 and 3 (Unit 1 was closed in 1992) is major progress. At least these plants won’t be adding to the spent nuclear fuel pile. Congratulations, and thanks for changing the world, to Ace Hoffman, who writes cogently about the design problems of nuclear energy and nuclear plants here.

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