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Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Permanently Shut Down Aged San Onofre Nuclear Reactors
  • Petitioned Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission
U.S. Senate

Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Permanently Shut Down Aged San Onofre Nuclear Reactors

    1. Petition by

      Edward Gorham

      San Diego, CA

Radioactive leaks due to rupture of prematurely degraded metal tubing have released an undisclosed amount of radioactivity from Unit 3 of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The same deterioration has been found in unit 2. Leaks like these can lead to massive radiation escape by draining cooling water from the reactors, rapidly causing collapse of containment. Massive radiation release from San Onofre could endanger 8.4 million people living within 50 miles.  A smaller leak could close Camp Pendleton, threatening national security. The cause of the premature aging of the metal tubing is not understood. Previous seismic safety models must now be called into question. San Onofre's Unit 1 reactor operated from 1968 to 1992 and was closed after 24 years. Units 2 and 3 have been operating for nearly 30 years, since 1982 and 1983, respectively.  These aged reactors need to be closed. NRC’s once- or twice-a-year cursory inspections are not sufficient to ensure safety of these aging reactors. Any attempts to repair these aged reactors endanger workers known as jumpers who absorb large doses of radiation, sometimes a year’s worth of permissible exposure, in a short-time. Medically, it is not known if this is actually a safe practice. Shut down these aging reactors permanently before the human cost for this power becomes too high.

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    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 10 months ago

      “ Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.” ~Carl Sagan

    • irma l IRVINE, CA
      • 10 months ago

      look at what happened in Japan...say no more...

    • Suzanne Liscomb WORCESTER, MA
      • 11 months ago

      There are alternatives to nuclear energy.

    • Garry Betley HOMER, AK
      • about 1 year ago

      Nuclear energy is not sustainable.

      • over 1 year ago

      yes i sign !!!!


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