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OPINION: Anti-Nuke Groups Outline Arguments for CPUC

In advance of Thursday's Public Utilities Commission meeting, San Clemente Green, Citizens' Oversight Committee and other fellow activist groups sent out talking points.

Editor's Note: The following are talking points released by the anti-nuclear group San Clemente Green, Citizens' Oversight Committee and other fellow activist groups leading up to the California Public Utilities Commission Meeting Thursday, one of the first in a series of hearings to decide whether Southern California Edison owes ratepayers money back for supporting its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which has been shuttered for a year:

There should be no further delay. The CPUC analyzed the steam generator project before it was originally approved and found that operating the plant with only one steam generator was not financially viable. Why spent months and years investigating it again? Close it now.

Ratepayers of the monopolies SCE and SDG&E must be REFUNDED the hundreds of millions of dollars already paid through electricity bills for these defective steam generators and not charged for the rest of the $700 Million cost of these flawed-design steam generators.

Ratepayers must be REFUNDED the hundreds of millions of dollars already paid through electricity bills for all the inspections, regulatory costs, and replacement power that Edison's defective steam generator design has cost us.

Edison must be STOPPED from running up the bills in the hundreds of millions of dollars to get the defective San Onofre Unit 2 nuclear reactor ready to restart, in advance of the requisite approval by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

San Onofre must be DECOMMISSIONED NOW to cut ratepayer losses and invest those saved funds in our renewable-energy economy. Ratepayers have already paid $3 Billion into the Decommissioning Trust Fund for this nuclear power plant through electric bills, and it is time to put that money to use.

SCE must be held accountable for not filing the actual costs incurred for the Steam Generator project when the project was "done" as required by the CPUC, but instead delayed the report for two years after they had told the investor community that the project was done.

The CPUC is responsible for making sure our money is spent wisely. This project had almost no oversight, giving Edison a blank check lump sum and conducting no project reviews to insure the replacement steam generators would function as specified and to insure that funds were actually used for the project and not skimmed as profit by Edison.

Community Outreach Funds Misdirected by SCE:

SCE sees "community outreach" as a treasure chest of funds to polish their tarnished image through targeted public relations campaigns, including donations to various community groups and costly advertising to tout the "safety" of the innocuously acronymed "SONGS".

The community sees "community outreach" as educating the public about crucial safety and evacuation procedures in the event of an accident. This view of community outreach has not been achieved despite the funds dedicated for that purpose, at least in the view of the public.

Consider the following:

Most hospitals do not have radiation detectors required to properly shelter-in-place, nor can they provide decontamination services on a large scale. All the nearly 100 Community Clinics in the area and most skilled nursing facilities, teachers and school administrators are untrained to shelter in place for a radiological event and do not have the needed equipment. We still don't know how to shelter in place children on a field trip, on a school bus, or at a high school football game. We still haven't figured out how to decontaminate the inside of an ambulance or police/sheriff's cars, or how to protect first responders out in the field during an event. We still haven't figured out how to communicate a large scale radiological event to the multi-cultural population which speaks 85 different languages in San Diego County alone.

All of these issues require intensive education and training which costs taxpayer dollars, and in tight budgets, health facilities have to prioritize Emergency Response to issues such as disease outbreaks or natural disaster related issues such as fire and earthquakes. Federal HRSA funding to hospitals for Emergency Preparedness and Response training and equipment is scheduled to end THIS YEAR.

CaptD February 22, 2013 at 06:33 PM
We have gone from being told about a tiny (radioactive) leak at SanO over a year ago to now being stuck with a 1.3 Billion Dollar Debacle that SoCal ratepayers are still paying for at over 54 Million Dollars a month, with no end in sight! Even the NRC and now subsets within the NRC like the NRR and others are still trying to understand exactly what happened to cause the damage which destroyed Unit 3's NEW steam generators in less than a year so that they can better evaluate the damage already done to Unit 2 steam generators. Edison is desperate to restart using they're poorly in-house designed steam generators at any power level so that they can claim that all this is just "part of doing business" and that the ratepayers should pay for this debacle instead of Edison's shareholders who have had record profits the last few years while SoCal ratepayers have seen their electric bills move ever upward! How bad does it has to get, before SoCal ratepayers can expect to get a fair and unbiased investigation into why all the checks and balances set up to protect CA ratepayers HAVE COMPLETELY FAILED TO WORK?
CaptD February 22, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Cont: It is past time for this ENERGY RIP OFF to end, San Onofre should be taken off the rate base immediately and a full unbiased investigation begun with public access to all relevant documentation going back to the original "up-rate" decision that set the stage for doing the replacement steam generator program in the first place. Until a REAL California LEADER steps forward and DEMANDS OPENNESS, SoCal ratepayers will continue to be subject to continued "energy enslavement" thanks to the too cozy relationship between the Utility and those that regulate them which has enabled thIS debacle to continue despite numerous attempts to sweep it under the rug and/or away from public scrutiny! Now is the time for our Public Servants to step forward and actually perform their sworn duty by SERVING THE PUBLIC and do what is best for the ratepayers not JUST Edison's shareholders, even at the risk of some of them losing their Nuclear Payback*. * http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Nuclear+payback Those that support nuclear power because nuclear power somehow supports them; no matter what the health implications or other "costs" are for others.
CaptD February 22, 2013 at 07:22 PM
If the CPUC stopped dragging it's Bureaucratic feet by raising the fiscal qualification "bar" a huge number of additional ratepayers would qualify for energy upgrades which would help US all use less energy! We all have paid into an Upgrade Account that has many of Millions of dollars in it which is just collecting interest because the CPUC is limiting its use, which is also great for Edison because they make more profits on everyone that are not energy efficient!... And speaking about Energy waste, last year the CPUC paid out as much to administer their energy Upgrade Program as they spent for actual Energy Upgrades, which is shameful! How do you spell BOONDOGGLE?
CaptD February 27, 2013 at 01:14 AM
The NRC meeting on WED. Feb 27, 2013 at the NRC headquarters in Maryland will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and it will be webcast! http://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/doccontent.jsp?doc=%7B70C719BF-6DEE-4755-B6C6-D3CEE2551EA0%7D
CaptD March 02, 2013 at 01:12 AM
Judge Orders Edison To Show San Onofre Cost Is Reasonable http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/feb/22/judge-orders-southern-california-edison-show-gener/#c18368

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