The Shutdown of San Onofre and California's Energy Future
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The two reactors under the domes on the coast of Orange County supplied 1.4 million homes with electricity. Now that San Onofre is closed, who pays the bills for more expensive replacement power, the failed effort to keep the plant open and the 50-year process of what's called "decommissioning?" Can So-Call Edison safely manage the nuclear waste?
On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, recent revelations about government agencies collecting masses of personal data have confirmed what many Internet users say they already knew. Is it time for concern about privacy? Is it too late for the public debate that should have been held 10 years ago?
The nuclear power reactors at San Onofre generated power off and on for 40 years, until they were shut down a year ago because of leakage from a tube for radioactive steam. It turned out that hundreds of such tubes were wearing out unexpectedly fast; repair would require a lengthy hearing process with an uncertain outcome. Last Friday, Southern California Edison announced it would close the entire plant permanently.
- Steven Conroy: Southern California Edison, @SCE
- Morgan Lee: U-T San Diego, @SoCalSpark
- Michael Hiltzik: Los Angeles Times, @latimeshiltzik
- Gary Headrick: San Clemente Green, @SCGreenGH
- John White: Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technology, @vjohnwhite
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