I am greatly relieved by Southern
California Edison's announcement that the San Onofre nuclear plant will
be closed permanently.
This nuclear plant had a defective
redesign and could no longer operate as intended. Modifications
to the San Onofre nuclear plant were unsafe and posed a danger to the
eight million people living within 50 miles of the plant.
After a leak of radiation from the steam generator tubes, I
became increasingly alarmed that Southern California Edison had misled
regulators by minimizing the scope of the changes made at the nuclear
plant to avoid a full safety review and public hearings. That is
why I have asked the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as the
California Public Utility Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission,
to investigate. I want to thank the community organizations that
came forward with information that demonstrated that the plant
redesign presented a great risk to the public.
the San Onofre nuclear plant will be permanently shut down, it is
essential that this nuclear plant be safely decommissioned and does not
become a continuing liability for the
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