RALLY & PRESS CONFERENCE
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busloads of SCE and union members arriving a full hour before the meeting
BREAKING NEWS FROM A CALIFORNIA RESIDENT ATTENDING THE MEETING TONIGHT
"NRC cheating us out of our talking time that was promised.
NRC takes last minute action to squelch public awareness, consistent with other recent revelations. The letter below was just sent in response to this insulting and disrespectful attitude shown by those who are sworn to protect us. It is more important than ever for the public and media to show up in extraordinary numbers. Come to our press conference at the meeting site at 4:00 to hear the brief presentation we had prepared for the meeting. We refuse to be silenced when our families, friends and places we live are under such a huge threat.
I just finished a phone call with Ryan Lantz who informed me of the results from their planning session for today's meeting. In the past few days, our reasonable request to have 15 minutes to present the views of several grass roots organizations has been chipped away at until we are left with nothing more than is typically provided to the general public.
With the NRC taking this highly inflammatory action after acting all along as though they were working with us, we are extremely disappointed. I am writing you now to let you know how detrimental this will be to the NRC's failing public image. The elected officials are being handled with the same disrespectful treatment as our citizens groups. If you can do something to salvage your public image that is so lacking at this time, I encourage you to do so. I am working on our next press release right now so your immediate response to this crisis is critical.
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the room looks full by 5:30; lots of orange
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shouldn't that be illegal? - - look at all that orange! - absolutely disgusting that SCE packs the house like that. i wonder if they are really paid? - if so i think it should be illegal. after all it is supposed to be a PUBLIC MEETING, i.e. for the public not a grandstand and forum for the company; and IF they are paying them, they are using rate-payer dollars to fight a local cause ~~ we know that they are paying for busses, food, tents... did you see the video from the SanO parking lot with all that?
quotes from various attendees -
"Actually I counted 12 buses arriving with union workers nearly 400 of them"
"Each person with an orange shirt I spoke to said that the buses came and picked them up in their town, whether it be Chula Vista or San Marcos, and would return them home. All were extremely impressed with the quality of the buffet provided for them and the Costco gift card with each one's name written on it. Each was pleased to have their own tote bag with free "lipstick", two orange tee-shirts and complimentary cap."
"It was very telling that when (maybe the same) union leader asked everyone who knows the plant is safe to raise their hands, he had to say ... and "everyone should be raising their hands" to make sure his recruits understood the instruction."
"...interestingly, there was a delay when he asked them to raise their hand if they thought it was safe. He really had to exhort the group to wake them to raise their hand. I think that generally the 'workers' were disengaged from the process, and perhaps there was a language barrier. I think they were doing what they thought they were being compensated to do, but not sure what was required."
VIDEO: Bob Filner: San Onofre Nuke Plant Re-Start = Dangerous Experiment - YouTube
TEXT: whats up: Mayor of San Diego: San Onofre Nuke Plant Re-Start = Dangerous Experiment
VIDEO: Tom English: Profit over Safety??? - YouTube
VIDEO: San Onofre Nuke Plant - What Could Possibly Go Wrong? - YouTube
San Clemente resident Jannifer Massey outlines potential scenarios which preclude a determination that SoCal Edison's damaged San Onofre nuclear power plant can be operated without recklessly endangering millions of Southern California residents.
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Crowd grills NRC at San Onofre meeting | restart, nrc, plant - News - The Orange County Register
A panel of nuclear regulators fielded pointed questions and sometimes angry comments from a crowd of more than 1,000 people Tuesday night at a meeting in Capistrano Beach about reopening one of two idled reactors at the San Onofre nuclear plant.
Local Officials Join Activists in Caution Over San Onofre - Voice of OC
At a packed public meeting in Capistrano Beach Tuesday, local elected officials joined environmental activists in calling for a trial-like hearing before the idled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) is allowed to restart.
“The restart of Unit 2, even at reduced power, is a dangerous experiment that threatens the safety of 8.2 million Southern California residents,” San Diego Mayor Bob Filner declared in a letter read aloud to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) officials at the meeting.
“I urge you not to authorize the restart of SONGS until both a full license amendment hearing has been conducted by the NRC and the [California Public Utilities Commission] finishes its investigation,” Filner’s message continued.
Tuesday’s NRC meeting was filled with hundreds of activists, union workers and officials. It came on the heels of the NRC announcing an “expansive investigation” into whether Southern California Edison misled regulators and rejected safety measures that could have prevented a January 2012 radiation leak.
Edison has disputed assertions last week by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) that Edison knew about major problems with the plant’s replacement steam generators before they were installed.
The NRC plans to decide as early as April on a request by Edison to restart part of the plant at reduced power. Regulators acknowledged the seriousness of that decision, with San Onofre Oversight Panel Co-Chairman Art Howell saying the extremely rapid tube wear is a “serious safety issue, and it has to be resolved.”
Several elected officials from cities in San Diego and Los Angeles counties urged extreme caution in approving any restart proposal.
“I have to tell you, evacuation is not an option for 10 million people,” said a representative of Los Angeles Councilman Paul Koretz. The original approval process for replacement steam generators obviously didn’t work, he added, so “this time you need to get it right.”
NRC Could Alter Rules For San Onofre Restart | KPBS.org
NRC raises bar for San Onofre restart | UTSanDiego.com
San Onofre: Did Edison submit false information to NRC? | Friends of the Earth
NRC should release document indicating prior knowledge of design problems at San Onofre nuclear reactors | Friends of the Earth
San Diego Union Members Attend San Onofre Hearing For Costco Gift Cards | KPBS.org (Feb. 15)
Dozens of union members showed up at this week’s public meeting supporting a plan to restart San Onofre nuclear plant . And they did it after receiving Costco gift cards in exchange......Lemmon said later this week that the union paid for the Costco gift cards for members who attended the public meeting at San Onofre. He declined to answer why they were given or what they were worth, saying he wanted to speak with lawyers first.Lemmon did not return subsequent calls.
Dan Hirsch to NRC: SanO Reactors Very Sick - Need Intensive Care - YouTube: NRC Commisioners' Briefing on San Onofre Steam Generators' Tube Degradation Feb. 7, 2013