"Better to be active today than radioactive tomorrow." That's the headline in Gary Headrick's newest newsletter to supporters of San Clemente Green. The local environmental group, which began with a more modest focus on sustainability, has been taking a much more active role (along with San Onofre Safety in raising awareness about the dangerous plans happening at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), where more than 3.6 million pounds of radioactive waste is being prepped for burial yards above the ocean at one of California's most iconic beaches. Those burial yards, by the way, sit within 50 miles of 8.3 million people.
Those looking to mitigate this threat, and get better informed, are being asked to attend two May meetings in the South Orange County area.
San Clemente City Council, Tuesday, May 2, at 6:00 p.m.
The focus of this meeting, at 100 Avenida Presidio, will be to discuss the actions being taken by San Clemente officials to revoke the California Coastal Commission's approval of this project. Activists believe this approval should have never been given, and revoking it would force Southern California Edison (owner of SONGS) to find an alternative solution.
Laguna Hills Community Center, Thursday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m. Come listen to members of Southern California Edison's Community Engagement Panel face questions as to why they approved, against the public will, a highly dangerous storage containment system without guarantees, with absolutely no independent method for ongoing safety inspections, and zero federal help for local first responders in the event of an emergency.
The goals of local activists are the following: 1) Stop the work in progress. 2) Get an independent panel of nuclear experts to advise on the best way forward. 3) Take the necessary steps to make us as safe as possible while the waste is here. 4) Make sure that waste can be safely transported and stored at a suitable location. 5) Get it the heck out of here as soon and as safely as possible.
For more information visit SanOnofreSafety
The WSL encourages everyone to get a deeper understanding of this crucial issue. Understanding where activists and local officials stand on these threats, and why, is of great importance. We will continue to update this story as it evolves.