UPDATE: Jolene Engel told City News Service's Paul Anderson today that she left Powerplant Maintenance Specialists Inc. in 1998 but remained president in name only through June 30, 2001, when Richard Engel assumed that position. She added she separated from Richard in 1999, was divorced by 2000 and ... More >>
For the fourth straight year, UC Irvine is listed among America's top 10 "Coolest Schools." No, that's not due to an overabundance of mustaches, craft brews and aviator frames on campus. This particular honor comes from the Sierra Club, which ranks UCI third on its seventh annual list of the nation ... More >>
If there's anything sad about the fact that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) will never reopen--other than the prospect of those giant concrete boobies someday being dismantled--it's the 600 pink slips that went out Monday to employees at the aging nuclear power plant, and the fact ... More >>
Southern California Edison (SCE), which operates the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), has apparently acknowledged for the first time that it may have no choice but to shutter the aging plant later this year. SCE is hoping that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will approve its ... More >>
*See next page for an update on new developments in this story.Original Post, April 9, 4:56 p.m.: For months, Southern California Edison has been desperately trying to find ways to restart the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The troubled nuke plant has been shut down for more than a year, eve ... More >>
*See end of post for an update.Original Post, March 22, 12:41 p.m.: For months, Southern California Edison has been trying to avoid having to go through a lengthy regulatory process that would force the company to prove that continued operation of the company's San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station ... More >>
Our cover story this week, on legendary anti-nukes activist Ace Hoffman, has already generated mucho buzz and kind words. But it was very nice to get a letter from Hoffman himself.Of course, Hoffman being Hoffman, it wasn't just your usual gracias but a piece of art unto itself complete with stats, ... More >>
See the breaking news update at the end of this post on the Coastal Commission's denial of PG&E's seismic studies proposal and foe Surfrider's reaction.ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 13, 12:02 P.M.: As the Coastal Commission considers Pacific Gas & Electric's Fukushima-inspired plan to fire underwater ... More >>
Southern California Edison overlord Edison International reports it has lost more than $300 million since its two reactors at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station went down last winter.So far.
The California Public Utilities Commission, meeting at Irvine City Hall this morning, voted unanimously to investigate problems at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). The results of that probe may effect the five-member panel's decision on whether Southern California Edison ratepayers ... More >>
See update at end of post where Southern California Edison takes issue with the Weekly's original report earlier this morning.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 19, 8:58 A.M.: Design flaws resulted in San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) generators being unable to handle too high a flow of radioactive wat ... More >>
Southern California Edison has officially confirmed what has been assumed for weeks: its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will not come back online this summer.The power giant is now looking at an August restart.
UPDATE, MAY 21, 5:23 P.M.: The energy director of a Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy group calls Gregory Jaczko's resignation as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) "a terrifying example of industries trying to wreak havoc on those who regulate them-and winning.""Jaczko sou ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 30, 10:01 A.M.: About 100 people marched to the gate of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Sunday to demand the facility be shut down.They were led by Irvine Mayor Larry Agran, who said nuclear power is an unsafe option for communities surrounding such plants. Video from the ral ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 23, 10:01 A.M.: The San Clemente City Council is to receive a staff report March 20 that should help city leaders decide whether more radiation monitoring should be done in the town 2 miles from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).Some residents have called for stepped- ... More >>
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UPDATE, JULY 21, 8:47 A.M.: Though the ribbon-cutting unveiling the largest municipal solar energy efficiency project in Orange County is this morning, the city of Brea is already reaping savings that have exceeded expectations. For the month of June, there was a 65% reduction in electricity cost ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 26, 8:33 A.M.: Talk about taking the wind out of your sails.An official of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) informed attendees of the Windpower 2011 Convention & Exhibition at the Anaheim Convention Center that a process begins next year to formally reg ... More >>
Experimental smart strip could cure you of your energy-guzzling ways
Go ahead and sing in the rain. It's OK.In case you weren't freaked out enough over last week's report of a radioactive plume heading this way (which officials say was innocuous), a prank email with the heading "Acid Rain Precautions" has been in circulation, warning California residents that part ... More >>
Jared Loughner's high-school-yearbook photoThe media has portrayed alleged Arizona rampage shooter Jared Loughner as holding such politically jumbled views--his top three grievances center on government mind control, returning to the Gold Standard and political correctness--that it is impossibl ... More >>
You really can't blame Anaheim Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer for hanging up his skates. What is there left to accomplish in hockey? He led Canada to the gold medal in the last Olympics and alongside his brother Rob helped Anaheim win its first Stanley Cup in 2006-07 (the franchise's first so fa ... More >>
Supporters of the historic healthcare reform bill signed into law by President Barack Obama will gather in front of the Garden Grove district office of Rep. Loretta Sanchez this afternoon to thank Orange County's only Democratic member of Congress for her yes vote on the controversial legislation ... More >>
House.govMoneymakerWhen it comes to electricity made from solar panels, Southern California Edison is in a buying mood.
The Orange County Register's Teri Sforza has a fascinating post today that answers the question "Will California be frozen out of Obama's nuclear future?" this way: definitely yes in the short term, possibly no in the long term.
Most of our legislators dispute climate-change science, many of our residents drive big gas guzzlers and the environmentalism of many of our "environmentalists" does not extend beyond their own communities.And yet, Orange County is a national leader when it comes to green jobs, according to new d ... More >>
Perhaps you thought the only news coming out of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) lately concerned fresh Nuclear Regulatory Commission complaints about operators being slow to address nagging plant problems (coming six months after an announcement that a battery on a backup generator ... More >>
Prepared remarks for a town hall meeting? Isn't that why they used to unload on Bush? No, it was because ol' Dubya's questioners seemed even better briefed than he was. Observers say President Obama truly chose folks at random during his first presidential visit to Southern California and Orange ... More >>
Mexicans are safe on this one: A report issued recently to the Laguna Beach City Council found that goats will clear vegetation from fire-sensitive slopes for a cost of $198,000 per year, while juveniles working off a crime in the county’s Probation Department would require $385,000. A consultant ... More >>
How to Make and Use Biodiesel
WEB EXCLUSIVE! Ladies and gentlemen, the propositions!
Seemed like a good idea at the time . . .
… and radioactive in the middle. By now you know that North Korea has apparently successfully tested a nuclear weapon. (Experts prefer the term "device", rather than "weapon", but given the fact that this device's sole function is to cause large-scale destruction, I think the word weapon is ... More >>
Israeli terrorists have caused significant damage to a power plant in Palestine, insured by the U.S. government for up to $48 million dollars. READ THE STORY ON ALJAZEERA.COM Tony Snow, White House Chief of Verbal Diarrhea, previously described Israel's current assault on the Palestinians as legi ... More >>
My how times change. The boost that 9/11 gave the oily men in the White House was as short-lived as any post-Seinfeld sitcom starring Jason Alexander. It seems like only yesterday that Dickless Cheney was defending our latest Blood for Oil campaign by suggesting Americans essentially have a God-give ... More >>
Big Oil gives new meaning to self-service
Is Ladera Ranch the green revolution or the same development crap in a new package?
An apology by Will Swaim
County reports say radioactive ground-water contamination at El Toro is worse than we all thought
Linda McLandrich says she lost her husband to San Onofre but swears she wont lose again
City and residents clash over future of HB dumpsite
Nuclear industry exposes ex-governor's Ward Valley lie