Clean Energy and Clean-Up after San Onofre
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Southern California's largest single source of electricity has been shut down. What will it cost to "decommission" two reactors at the San Onofre Nuclear Power plant? How safe is the process? Where will the power for 1.5 million homes come from now? Also, legislators call for investigation into sterilizations in prison, and after 36 years, the Voyager I is about to go where no spacecraft has gone before.
On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the move to legalize same-sex marriage was moving faster than the most optimistic supporters expected until US Supreme Court rulings two weeks ago. Did the court accelerate the process, as many advocates have concluded or did it apply the brakes?
Banner image: NCR Chairman Allison Macfarlane (2nd from R) listens as Southern California Edison executive Richard St. Onge (3rd from R) discusses one of the damaged steam generators at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Photo: Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Legislators Call for Investigation into Sterilizations in Prison ()
In a story we aired on Tuesday, the Center for Investigative Reporting discovered that 150 pregnant women were sterilized in California prisons between 2006 and 2010 — without the required notification to top state medical officials. Inmates and their advocates said they were pushed to sign up, and a prison doctor said the cost was minimal compared to potential welfare payments for unwanted children. Some legislators are outraged, including Hanna-Beth Jackson, a State Senator from Santa Barbara and chair of the Women's Caucus.
After San Onofre, What's Next? ()
San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has two nuclear reactors under those big domes you see when you drive south of San Clemente on Interstate 5. Now that the power plant has been shut down, Southern California Edison needs new sources for one-fifth of Southern California's electrical power. It also has to get rid of the plant itself, including components that will be highly radioactive for a very long time.
Voyager 1 Approaches the Edge of the Galaxy ()
The Voyager I spacecraft was launched in 1977 — 36 years ago — and its still sending messages home. Scientists thought it would have reached the edge of the solar system by now, but it's 11 billion miles from the Sun and hasn't gotten there yet. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez talked with Caltech professor Ed Stone, former head of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and lead scientist of the Voyager program since 1972.
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