Fire Up the Vanagon, They're Talking Nukes at San Onofre Again

The serious reconsideration of expanded nuclear power amid our uncertain energy future can mean only one thing: the resumption of serious protests against expanded nuclear power.

With the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS) so close, and a public workshop and hearing about the plant's operations coming up tomorrow, someone had better get Jackson Browne, Martin Sheen and Harry Dean Stanton on the horn again.
It'd be swell if the activist-stars (or star-activists) turned out for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's workshop and public Thursday in Dana Point. But, in all honesty, it's more likely their tie-dyed devotees will show up instead to observe the review of plant operations taking place between commission staff and officials from Southern California Edison, which operates SONGS.

North County Times reports the commission has released a 606-page draft generic environmental impact statement that will determine what kinds of environmental effects plant owners must address if they wish to continue operating a nuclear plant after its current license expires in 2022.

"Anti-nuclear groups are demanding that issues such as earthquake safety and a long-term disposal site for spent nuclear fuel be considered," the Times writes.

The public will reportedly have an opportunity to observe and ask questions of NRC staff before the meeting is adjourned. The fun begins with a workshop that begins at 5 p.m. and the hearing from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Trestles Room at the DoubleTree Guest Suites, 34402 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point.


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