Letter: ‘Best Town’ Should Not Include Nuclear Waste

Roger Johnson, San Clemente

It is nice to hear happy talk about San Clemente being “the best town in the world,” but in the letter, (“Setting the Record Straight,” Dana Point Times, Jan. 31-Feb. 6, Vol. 7, Issue 5), Andy Jezuitski apparently doesn’t know that 92672 is also home to one of the worst nightmares any town could have: A nuclear waste dump.

Unfortunately we have enough uranium here to fuel 20,000 nuclear warheads. Most of it is sitting outside the domes in pools vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis and human error. The rest is stacked openly in a parking lot a few hundred feet from Interstate 5 and the Pacific Ocean.

It would be nice if San Clemente were an ideal place to have children and raise a family, but unfortunately our health and safety will remain in question for many decades to come.

That is why the National Academy of Science is now studying our town (and all others within 30 miles) for cancer streaks possibly caused by the radiation Southern California Edison has been discharging into the ocean and the air we breathe since 1968. Our health and safety is also endangered by the just-released NRC plan to keep the nuclear waste right here for the next 60 years and possibly forever.

Radioactive contamination could render worthless hundreds of square miles in Southern California.

The San Clemente City Council has voiced its opposition to the NRC’s decommissioning plan, but where is the outrage from mothers, real estate agents and business leaders? Where is the concern of Rep. Darrell Issa who has done nothing to protect his own district?

Radioactive waste must be transferred from cooling pools to transportable casks, and moved far away to a secure and remote “temporary” site until the nation figures out a permanent solution. After a half century of creating nuclear waste, the government has no solution in sight. It is possible there may never be a permanent solution.

The new plan to make zip code 92672 a long-term nuclear waste dump may be a solution for the nuclear industry, but this is completely unacceptable for those of us who live here. There are a lot of great things about San Clemente but being designated as a nuclear waste dump is not one of them.

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2 Responses to “Letter: ‘Best Town’ Should Not Include Nuclear Waste”

  1. Dave Bartholomew
    March 5, 2014 at 6:06 am #

    A Nuclear Waste site is property worth ‘Zero Dollars’.
    To solve this problem, call the school District, Capistrano Unified and they
    will explain how it is ‘perfect for planning reasons’. First, the
    CUSD staff will locate an in-between business woman to buy
    the site., lets say, “oh, about $8,000 per acre.” Then, about a year later,
    the CUSD Development Dept will buy it for $108,000 per acre. Best use? An elementary
    school. Only 1 in 10,000 parents even care about it. Yours truly, an example
    of San Juan Hills High School purchase plan for ‘Dump High’.

  2. James Slark
    March 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    SONGS always had a fatal flaw, if an accident then I-5 to San Diego would be closed, and traffic in Orange Country from the accident zone will gridlock. That fact was completely ignored in the leadup to the closure, but more than ignored was the probability it was censored, in my opinion, because I was one who continually asked questions about this scenario. No local paper would discuss my observations, our city councils signed off on the SONGS safety literature with out question, and it was to be business as usual until this little jewel showed up.

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