Saturday, April 27, 2013

San Onofre Fukushima USA Hot

A seaweed clump lying directly in front of San Onofre Nuke has a high reading.

Fukushima ‘Hot’ Levels in California 

The clumps of seaweeds in front of SCE San Onofre registered between 0.18 and 0.38 microsieverts, in the same range as those I measured on the shore of south Fukushima prefecture. The Catalina readngs of 0.12 to 0.18 microsieverts in seaweed and 0.28 in barnacles and 0.20 limpets is higher than my findings at the Abukuma River basin near the border of Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures. (Note: By comparison, readings taken on the Japanese coast just south of the Fukushima No.2 plant were extremely high, often more than 1.2 microsieverts per hour.)
By Yoichi Shimatsu
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read more of this sobering story. 

San Onofre Fukushima USA Hot
San Onofre Fukushima USA Hot 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

San Onofre insider says NRC should not allow nuke restart

For the first time, a source from inside the San Onofre nuclear power plant has come forward to warn that restarting the power plant is too dangerous. "There is something grossly wrong," said the inside source, a safety engineer who worked at San Onofre and has 25 years in the nuclear field.

  (See the interview with the inside source from today on 10News at 5 p.m.)

 The source, who requested anonymity, is not alone in concerns over the safety San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).

San Onofre Fukushima USA 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Emergency Preparedness in San Clemente Beachside Chat

Join us & the San Clemente Times for Beachside Chat Friday, April 19 at 8 a.m. at Café Calypso, at 114 Avenida Del Mar.

The guests for Beachside Chat Friday will include members of San Clemente’s Community Emergency Response Team, as well as city emergency planning officer Jen Tucker. They will discuss the CERT program and emergency response plans for the city.

Beachside Chat is held the first and third Fridays of each month at Café Calypso.

San Clemente California Fukushima USA
Don't Let San Clemente California Become Fukushima USA 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

San Clemente Ocean Festival July 20 - 21 2013

Citizen Power

Just give me the warm power of the sun
Give me the steady flow of a waterfall
Give me the spirit of living things as they return to clay.
Just give me the restless power of the wind
Give me the comforting glow of a wood fire
But please take all of your atomic poison power away.

Everybody needs some power I'm told
To shield them from the darkness and the cold
Some may see a way to take control when it's bought and sold.

I know that lives are at stake
Yours and mine and our descendants in time.
There's so much to gain, so much to lose
Everyone of us has to choose.

Just give me the warm power of the sun
Give me the steady flow of a waterfall
Give me the spirit of living things as they return to clay.
Just give me the restless power of the wind
Give me the comforting glow of a wood fire
But please take all of your atomic poison power away.

Just give me the warm power of the sun
Give me the steady flow of a waterfall
Give me the spirit of living things as they return to clay.
Just give me the restless power of the wind
Give me the comforting glow of a wood fire
But please take all of your atomic poison power away.

Won't you do this for me?
Take all of your atomic poison power
Take all of your atomic poison power
Take all of your atomic poison power

San Clemente Ocean Festival
San Clemente Ocean Festival 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Just Say No Fukushima USA

Miki Day, concerned Japanese mother living in California, tells of the contaminated food in Japan and the sad situation for children in Fukushima. She speaks out against the dangerous plan to restart California's San Onofre nuclear reactor without fixing it and is working to prevent a Fukushima from happening here.

Pay attention at 5 min 21 sec of the above video. Would you feed a Fukushima Peach to your child?
Would you want to vacation in Fukushima with your family?

If the answer to either of those questions was no, Decommission San Onofre.

Just Say No Fukushima USA
Just Say No Fukushima USA 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What's At Risk from San Onofre - Torgen Johnson

Urban Planner and father of three talks about the devastating effect a nuclear accident at the leaky San Onofre nukes would have on the 'built environment,' the real estate, industry, agriculture and infrastructure of Southern California.

Do you live in the zone? 

San Onofre Evacuation Zone
San Onofre Evacuation Zone 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fighting to Shut down San Onofre Gary & Lauri Headrick

Gary & Lauri Headrick, founders of tell why they are devoting their lives to seeing that the crippled San Onofre nuclear power plant is shutdown for good.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Serious Risks of San Onofre - Harvey Wasserman

Investigative Journalist Harvey Wasserman, long-time anti-nuclear activist, editor of lays out the risks of a San Onofre restart. Read his report on recent developments in San Onofre to the Public: DROP DEAD! 

Decommission San Onofre 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

What Mass Evacuation Plan for San Onofre?

Emergency response professional Deanna Polk talks about the many holes in radiological emergency preparedness in the region surrounding the leaky San Onofre nuke, including lack of training and resources for first responders and the absence of a realistic mass evacuation plan.

Jen Tucker are you listening?

No Escape From San Onofre Meltdown.
No Escape From San Onofre Meltdown.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Donna Gilmore Shutdown San Onofre

San Clemente resident Donna Gilmore, the founder of talks about her own process of awakening to the risks posed by the nearby San Onofre nuclear reactors, and her discovery, confirmed by the Governor's Office that Gov. Brown has the authority to shut down California's San Onofre and Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors because they violate the 'once-through-cooling' prohibition under the State's Water Resources Control Board's rules.

San Clemente California ~ Fukushima USA
San Clemente California ~ Fukushima USA 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Kill San Onofre Before It Kills Us

S. David Freeman, legendary former Tennessee Valley Authority and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District administrator, who has shutdown many a nuke in his career - and is now working in his 85th year to help local residents and Friends of the Earth decommission San Onofre - explains why we have to 'kill nuclear power before it kills us.'

What part of Fukushima do you not understand?
What part of Fukushima do you not understand?

Corporate Terrorism

It is now clear that the NUCLEAR MAFIA and their cronies at the NRC, U.S. Gov’t and CA State Gov’t plan to perpetrate another act of nuclear terrorism upon the people of Southern California and the world. By allowing Southern California Edison to restart the damaged and defective reactor number two that has not even been repaired, to experimentally restart at 70% power sometime in June or July 2013.

I say terrorism because many people in California are afraid for the health of their children, their property values, and what would happen if a major nuclear accident happened at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station? By definition terrorism is an act that its purpose is to create fear. Just thinking about the evacuation plan that every Californian knows would not work, and having to shelter in place during a nuclear meltdown at SONGS.  Then after the radiation damage to people's health has been done just like Chernobyl and Fukushima, the government will announce in a month or two (far too late) that in a 10, 20 or 30 mile radius will be an exclusion zone due to high radiation levels, and everyone has to leave their homes and possessions to go live in a refugee camp somewhere in Riverside County. The loss of billions in property values, infrastructure (schools, roads, beaches, farm land and food crops, local governments) personal disruptions and destruction of several millions lives, all put at risk in the name of profits for SCE. 

What will be the fate of Southern California if this act of Nuclear Terrorism by the NUCLEAR MAFIA is allowed this experimental restart at San Onofre Nuke plant?

Sent to me anonymously

Monday, April 8, 2013

Why fatigue damage will stop the NRC from allowing Unit 2 to restart

J. Hopenfeld 

Provided to the “DAB Safety Team” as additional explanation of the fatigue damage to SONGS steam generators which was discussed in a report by the author and was submitted to the California Public Utility Commission on March 29, 2013

Note: Links to these documents are listed below 

SCE/MHI made a mistake in their stress analysis, which directly impacts the safety of restarting Unit 2.  When the error is corrected, the result clearly shows that Unit 2 has already used up its allowed fatigue life and is not fit for service any longer.  This means that if Unit 2 is restarted at any power level an abrupt pressure change such as inadvertent closing or opening of a valve or a steam line break could lead to a sudden tube ruptures.   The ASME code and NRC regulations do not permit safety components to operate when their fatigue life has been exhausted.

The source of MHI’s error resulted from how they calculated the increase in the local stress at geometrical discontinuities  (notches), which are formed when two metal surfaces come in contact during vibration.  Since the worn surfaces of the tubes inside the steam generators cannot be seen, MHI made two key assumptions, which are inconsistent with the observation that both the tube and the supporting bar are worn into each other.  First, MHI assumed that the ASME endurance limit could be applied directly to the notched tube surfaces.  Since it is commonly known that surface roughness significantly reduces fatigue life and since the ASME data is for smooth polished surfaces, this assumption would underestimate the amount of fatigue damage.  Second, when using the Peterson chart, MHI assumed unrealistically large fillet radius and consequently derived a low concentration stress factor.  Large radii would decrease the local stress and cause the tube to fail at a higher stress thereby increasing its fatigue life.  Only by using these two, arbitrary non-conservative, assumptions was MHI able to conclude that Unit 2 did not suffer any fatigue damage.

As depicted in the MHI drawings the support bar and the tube form a sharp discontinuity at the contacting surface, therefore the appropriate geometry for calculating the stress concentration is an abrupt geometry change (very small radii), not a large radius shoulder fillet that was assumed by MHI.  When a correction is made to account for the sharp notch, the corrected stress indicates  (see Figure 1 below) that the tubes have used up their fatigue life during the first cycle of operation.  Structures with sharp notches can fail catastrophically when subjected to high cycle vibrations.  (MHI redacted their assumption so the exact value of the radius they used is unknown.)

 The loss of fatigue life is a major defect in the tube material; NRC regulations 10CFR50, Appendix B, Criterion 16 specify that for a licensee to maintain his operating license, such non-conformance must be promptly identified and corrected.   The licensee must assure that “corrective action (is) taken to preclude repetition.  NRC’s General Design Criteria 4 and 10CFR50 Appendix A also specify that steam generator tubes must be able to “ accommodate the effects of loss of coolant accidents “ The fact that the NRC has not already raised these issues in any of their  “Requests for Additional Information, RAIs” indicates that the NRC would be ignoring its own regulations if it allows SCE to restart Unit 2.

 In Summary: The SCE request for approval to operate Unit 2 at 70 % power for 150 days provided no explanation for the selection of this inspection interval.  The absence of such explanation and the absence of an indication of the actions that would follow demonstrate the unreliability of SCE entire assessment of restarting Unit 2.  Edison did not specify pass/fail criteria for the tubes during the outage inspection.  Given the fact that fatigue damage does not lend itself to detection, SCE request is unacceptable and should be rejected. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Proactive Solar Action, Be Part of the Solution

29623_425880100810772_1129005832_nTo my friends,

Residents Organized for a Safe Environment (ROSE) is proud and happy to announce our first solar project in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America, Orange County.  For practical and teaching purposes, ROSE will provide the scouts with a solar project at their boat house at Oso Lake. The object of the project is to provide lights and the recharging of the batteries that are needed for the boats off grid. Each weekend there are as many has 300 young scouts and family members at the lake. They will all get to see and learn about the practical applications of solar energy and have the chance to participate in a renewable energy merit badge.
ROSE is honored to ask you to join us in this project.  Your help will be greatly appreciated. Our project goal is $3,315 with shipping.   Checks may be made out to Gene Stone. The Boy Scouts of America will provide a receipt for a tax deductible donation.
Join with us in this proactive approach to educate our children about the benefits of renewable energy. Help us replace nuclear power one solar panel at a time.
Gene Stone

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

NRC: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

NRC: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

... and why it is unsafe To restart San Onofre

A GOOD NRC enforcement example:

Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station is a nuclear power plant in Oak Harbor, Ohio. On March 5, 2002, maintenance workers discovered that corrosion had eaten a football-sized hole into the reactor vessel head of the Davis-Besse plant. Corrosion had been clogging the plant’s filters for months, requiring repeated filter replacement, but the cause was not investigated until after a worker leaned against a control rod drive mechanism, and it toppled over. Although the corrosion did not lead to an accident, this was considered to be a serious nuclear safety incident. Some observers have criticized the NRC’s Commission work as an example of regulatory capture [See Note 1] and the NRC has been accused of doing an inadequate job by the Union of Concerned Scientists.  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission kept Davis-Besse shut down until March 2004, so that FirstEnergy was able to perform all the necessary maintenance for safe operations. The NRC imposed its largest fine evermore than $5 million—against FirstEnergy for the actions that led to the corrosion. The company paid an additional $28 million in fines under a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The NRC closely monitored FENOC’s response and concluded in September 2009 that FENOC met the conditions of the 2004 order. From 2004 through 2009 the NRC reviewed 20 independent assessments conducted at the plant and verified the independent assessors’ credentials. The agency also conducted its own inspections and reviewed FENOC’s reactor vessel inspections conducted in early 2005. NRC inspectors paid particular attention to the order’s focus on safety culture and safety conscious work environment to ensure there were no new signs of weakness. The NRC task force concluded that the corrosion, occurred for several reasons:

·    NRC, Davis-Besse and the nuclear industry failed to adequately review, assess, and follow up on relevant operating experience at other nuclear power plants;
·    Davis-Besse failed to ensure that plant safety issues received appropriate attention; and
·    NRC failed to integrate available information in assessing Davis-Besse’s safety performance.

A BAD NRC enforcement example:

At San Onofre by Region IV and the NRC: The papers shown below have been obtained from Public Domain written by Dr. Joram Hopenfeld and a former SONGS Employee based on his investigation of the steam generator issues, review of the plant data and discussions with several Key SONGS Insiders. These papers confirm that Southern California Edison wants to restart unsafe Unit 2 nuclear reactor at 70% power under false pretenses, just for profits, and as an unapproved risky experiment by subverting the NRC and Federal regulatory process.  The true Root Cause (See Note 2) of the unprecedented tube-to-tube wear in Unit 3 has NOT been officially established, as required by NRC Confirmatory Letter Action 1 for restarting the defectively designed and degraded Unit 2.  NRC has not even completed their review of Unit 2 Return to Service Reports, nor have they finished Special Unit 2 Tube Inspections, nor have they (publicly?) reviewed SCE’s Response to NRC’s Requests for Additional Information (RAIs).

An UGLY NRC enforcement example?:

Now, SCE wants the NRC to approve a new shady License Amendment, undermining public safety and they want it done without the involvement of Public Safety Experts, Attorneys and/or Citizens/Ratepayers.  After the review of the Mitsubishi Root Cause Evaluation and the Draft SCE License Amendment, it is crystal clear that the NRC needs to follow the example of their own enforcement at David Besse together with the lessons learned from Fukushima, when it comes to NOT approving this new Shady License Amendment for restarting San Onofre Unit 2’s defectively designed and degraded replacement steam generators.  In light of the unanticipated/unprecedented tube leakage at San Onofre Unit 3, the health and safety, along with the economic concerns/objections of 8.4 million Southern Californians’ MUST OVERRIDE and PREVENT the restarting of Unit 2 at ANY power level.  In a Democratic Society, truth must prevail over profit motivations, misleading propaganda of electricity service disruption and/or projected probabilistic temporary inconveniences to the public based on phony data, because America cannot afford a trillion dollar nuclear eco-disaster!

Our Safety must override SCE's profits and prevent them from restarting Unit 2.


1: Regulatory capture occurs when a regulatory agency, created to act in the public interest, instead advances the commercial or special concerns of interest groups that dominate the industry or sector it is charged with regulating.  Regulatory capture is a form of government failure, as it can act as an encouragement for firms to produce negative externalities. The agencies are called "captured agencies".

2. Human performance errors resulting from the negative safety culture of production (profits) goals overriding public safety obligations.

Additional Information:

The full DAB Safety Team's Media Alert 5 Parts:

The complete five (5) part presentation, see the eight (8) titles listed below: