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Nukes Next Door
Nancy Fisher | 24th Street & Bud Emerson | Klish Way

Japan’s nuclear disaster at Fukushima has reignited contentious debate about the safety of the San Onofre nuclear power plant and everyone from coastal residents, academics, nuclear “experts,” grass-roots organizations, to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission has begun to weigh in on the lessons learned from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Accident.

At issue is whether the NRC has taken, or will take, the necessary steps to prevent Orange County, and some say the entire coastline from San Diego to Los Angeles, from becoming the next Fukushima, or whether the plant should be shut down. We do, as all parties acknowledge, have much in common, including an older plant with a history of safety violations and a location that’s subject to both earthquakes and tsunamis.

In the last few months the city councils of San Clemente and Solana Beach have had special meetings to better understand the concerns of their residents and to start to collect enough information from all sources to make an informed recommendation to the NRC on behalf their citizens.

The Sandpiper will be reporting on this story as it unfolds and urges Del Mar residents to acquaint themselves with all sides of the issue.

Recommended articles, all of which can be found online in the archives of the San Clemente Times or on the website of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission are:


  • San Clemente Times - Guest Column The Lessons of Fukushima full length, 9/22/11
  • San Clemente Times - Letter to the Editor: Let the Nuclear Truth be told, 12/15/11
  • San Clemente Times - Letter to the Editor Nuclear Industry Distorts Data , 1/4/12
  • U.S.NRC - The Near-Term Task Force Review of Insights From the Fukushima Dai Ichi Accident, 7/12/11.




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