FROM Gary Headrick
The Shutdown of San Onofre and California's Energy Future 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.
San Onofre Nuclear Plant to Remain Closed Pending Investigation In January, at the nuclear plant on the coast near San Onofre, a tube carrying radioactive water sprung a leak and Southern California Edison shut down one of two massive reactors. It found that other tubes were in danger of rupturing. There are 20,000 tubes altogether. Some were replaced and others added during a multimillion-dollar makeover and installation of new generators to boost production of electricity. But SoCal Edison apparently failed to tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that a new material was being used. That would have triggered an investigation. Instead, the NRC has ordered the shut down of both massive reactors indefinitely. KCRW sent Steve Chiotakis and Avishay Artsy to talk with people (Julie Cho, John Grace, Phaedra Lujano and Jesse Alder) in San Clemente, the plant's closest neighbor. Are they worried? Last night, the City Council of Irvine, downwind of San Onofre, voted to ask that the plant be shut down permanently . Note: The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) and NRC both declined our invitation to participate in this discussion.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Border security and campaign promises President Trump has promised tightened borders and a big beautiful wall. Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at two tent-poles of the President's immigration policy: extreme vetting of visa applicants and building the US-Mexico border wall.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.