Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Pledge

I commit to conserving electrical power and other forms of energy as much as possible each and every Wednesday. I will also continue to conserve electrical usage throughout the week and think conservation and energy efficiency in other areas of my life.
I will continue to conserve electrical energy until all dirty and outdated forms of electrical generating facilities are decommissioned and replaced with clean renewable sources of energy.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Visualise A Land Without SONGS

Will the United States move towards a nuke-free future after the Japanese nuclear power plant meltdown? An 85 years old grandma and a 13 years old little girl from southern California swear to take down the old and damaged nuclear power plant San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, known as SONGS. Will it end up with a happy tune? or not? 

日本福島核災過後 美國這個核能先驅國 是否也將邁向非核? 一位85歲的老奶奶 和只有13歲的小女孩 承先啓後 誓言將南加州老舊毀損核電廠"歌"關閉 結局會是一場悲歌 還是快樂頌?

Visualise A Land Without SONGS
Visualise A Land Without SONGS

Thursday, March 14, 2013

San Onofre Unit 2 Retainer Bars Could Cause Massive ☢ Leakage

In an accident like a main steam line break at San Onofre, the badly designed retainers bars in Unit 2 could actually make things much worse by causing more damage to any of the 9,727 already fatigued tubes in each of its steam generators which could lead to additional leakage of highly radioactive reactor core coolant and/or cause a nuclear incident or worse a nuclear accident like Fukushima!

Radioactive Leaks and ruptures can happen without notice:


The NRC has decided in AIT follow-up report dated 11/09/2012, “Item 3. “(Closed) Unresolved Item 05000362/2012007-03, ‘Evaluation of Retainer Bars Vibration during the Original Design of the Replacement Steam Generators” as a non-cited violation in accordance with Section 2.3.2 of the NRC’s Enforcement Policy.”  However, as shown below, SCE/MHI’s failure to verify the adequacy of the retainer bar design as required by SCE/MHI’s procedures have resulted in plugging of several hundred tubes in the brand new replacement generators. This has resulted in these violations:

1. Failure to meet NRC Chairman Standards on Nuclear Safety by SCE,
2. Failure to meet Senator Boxer’s Committee on Environment and Public Works
(EPW) Standards on Nuclear Safety by SCE,
3. Failure to enforce SCE Edison Contract Document instructions to MHI by SCE,
4. Failure to meet SONGS Technical Specifications by SCE,
5. Failure to meet general design criteria (GDC) in Appendix A, “General Design
Criteria for Nuclear Power Plants,” to 10 CFR Part 50, “Domestic
Licensing of Production and Utilization Facilities GDC 14, “Reactor
Coolant Pressure Boundary” by SCE/MHI,
6. Failure to demonstrate that Unit 2 retainer bars will maintain tube bundle
geometry at 70% power due to fluid elastic instability during a main line
steam break (MSLB) design basis event, and
7. SCE/MHI took shortcuts by avoiding the 10 CFR 50.90 License Amendment
Process under the false pretense of “like for a like” replacement steam
generator.  SCE added 377 more tubes, increased the average length of the
heated tubes and changed the thermal-hydraulic operation of the RSGs without
proper safety analysis and inadequate 10CFR 50.59 Evaluation.
This intentional action to produce more thermal megawatts out of the
RSGs compromised safety at SONGS Unit 2 due to the failure of 90
percent through wall thickness of a tube by the inadequate design of the
etainer bar.

Recommended Actions:

NRC San Onofre Special Panel is requested to resolve the above listed Allegations and/or Violations within 30 days of receipt of this email and prior to granting SCE’s permission to do any restart "testing" of Unit 2. Answer all allegations factually, don't just void them.
See Full Document:
Media Alert: San Onofre Retainer Bar Problems

Saturday, March 2, 2013

San Diego screening of MOVIE: "311: Surviving Japan"

WE HAVE THIS weekend to pre-sell just 6 seats to make this screening happen in San Diego! No excuses on the weekend, just DO it: You will NOT be charged until the event is confirmed. ($12 per ticket)http://www.tugg.com/titles/311-surviving-japan?location=global&state=upcoming
Please join us for the 2nd Anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaaster!

San Diego screening of "311: Surviving Japan" on Monday, March 11, 2013, the 2nd Anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster (7:30p). PLEASE RESERVE YOUR TICKET(S) ONLINE ASAP TO ENSURE THE FILM IS SCREENED HERE: http://www.tugg.com/titles/311-surviving-japan?location=global&state=upcoming You will NOT be charged until the event is confirmed. ($12 per ticket).  We must sell 50 tickets in advance ASAP for this film to be a go at the theater!

7037 Friars Rd, San Diego, California 92108

YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR SEAT ONLINE NOW!  There will be no "walk up" tickets sold.

We will do a "Light Brigade" action along the busy Friars Road entrance to the Fashion Valley Mall from 6-7p, holding lighted letter signs spelling out "No More Fukushimas". Please emailmarthasullivan@mac.com to volunteer as a "Holder of the Light."

We will also do Flyering inside the Mall during the same period before the screening: 6-7p, with a special guest for the occasion. Please email marthasullivan@mac.com to volunteer for the Info Crew.

Here is a brief description of the film: "Inside story of 2011 Japanese Tsunami relief & Fukushima nuclear disaster. A critical look at how the authorities handled the nuclear crisis and Tsunami relief by an American who volunteered in the clean-up. It is in short, a documentary of the devastating events in Japan and 6 months of the after-math that followed. It features true stories from those affected by the disaster, the government and even TEPCO. It highlights the struggle in dealing with: The Tsunami clean-up, Government response to the disaster, radiation plus the future of nuclear power after the accident." (90 minutes long, plus speaker.)