In June, civic and environmental activists won a big victory in shutting down the San Onofre nuclear plant. It may seem that all is now quiet in San Onofre land – but it is not. Our Coalition to Decommission San Onofre has been startled by the huge challenge in dealing with radioactive nuclear waste at the plant. The issues include: unusually potent forms of fuel, dense storage of spent fuel far beyond design limits, large uncertainties about where the waste will ultimately be stored and for how long, and last but not least, the economics of decommissioning. These issues were below the radar during the shutdown debate but now they loom large.
We are organizing a symposium for October featuring Dr. Arjun Makhijani PhD and Dr. Marvin Resnikoff Ph.D both national experts on the key issues, with plenty of time for questions to panelists and group discussion. Our immediate goal is to assure that best practices will be applied to minimize the risk for those who must live with San Onofre as a nuclear waste dump. Our ultimate goal is to reinvigorate the national discussion about what to do with America’s radioactive nuclear waste.
Our event will be Oct 19, 2013, but we need your help today to make sure this important symposium comes to life. Please take moment right now to make your tax deductible donation. Based on necessary expenses for the event, our fund-raising goal is $6500. We have received $1000 as challenge grant from Glenn Pascall to start us off. Anyone who matches or exceeds this generous gift will be invited to join us for dinner afterwards with coalition leaders and with national experts who are our invited guest speakers.
Any amount is welcomed. To donate by check please send it to c/o Gene Stone at 1203 Via Presa, San Clemente CA. 92672 , pay to the order of “Coalition to Decommission San Onofre” bottom left under memo please write “Nuclear Waste Symposium”.
Our coalition member groups include: Peace Resource Center of San Diego, Citizens Oversight Project, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter, Women Occupy San Diego, San Clemente Green, San Onofre Safety and Residents Organized for a Safe Environment (ROSE).
Chair, San Onofre Task Force
Sierra Club Angeles Chapter