Thursday, July 31, 2008

Earthquakes and Nuclear Powr Plants

Thousands of articles appeared within hours of the July 28th Chino Hills quake. Hundreds of those articles cited the quake's proximity to the San Onofre Nuclear Plant. Hundreds also cited the loss of cell phone availability. Had the quake resulted in damage to the nuclear facility emergency planning would have been seriously hampered.

Perhaps California needs to seriously consider the impacts of allowing aging reactors to extend current operating licenses for an additional twenty years. Both reactor facilities have recently been licensed to store high level radioactive waste onsite. And both reactor facilities are located on earthquake active coastal bluffs.

If you would like to ensure that production of highly radioactive waste is limited to current operating licenses (2025 term), please contact the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility.

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