Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/7/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Shutdown will take years to implement: Environmentalists applaud decision

Unit 2 and Unit 3 reactors at the controversial San Onofre Nuclear Plant will be retired. According to Southern California Edison, the two nuclear reactors will take years to be fully out of commission. The decision is being welcomed by environmentalists, who say the plant has many dangerous structural flaws. The seaside plant between Los Angeles and San Diego has been shut down since January of 2012.
 

San Onofre produced enough power for 1.4 million homes before its closure. It is owned by SoCal Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and the city of Riverside.

San Onofre produced enough power for 1.4 million homes before its closure. It is owned by SoCal Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and the city of Riverside.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/7/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Green

Keywords: San Onofre Nuclear Plant, closure, environmentalists, Barbara Boxer


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The unit has been shut down since the detection of a leak in one of the steam generator tubes on January 31. Unit 2 is also off line for inspections, and Unit 1 has been decommissioned.

SoCal concluded that questions over when, or if the plant might return to service was neither beneficial for customers -- or investors, according to Edison International CEO Ted Craver. SoCal added that its "top priority will be to ensure a safe, orderly, and compliant retirement" of these two reactors.

Local activist Donna Gilmore excitedly welcomed the news. "Finally! This is amazing," Gilmore said. "Didn't expect this quite this way. This is great news." Gilmore has been working with local groups in San Diego and Los Angeles to educate others on what she considered the dangers of the whole nuclear industry.

Gilmore says the issues at San Onofre have "kind of woke up the community in California and it's growing. This is just the beginning as far as I'm concerned."

California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) President Michael R. Peevey, in the meantime called the decision "understandable," saying the closure of the plant "will require even greater emphasis on energy efficiency and demand response programs." Utility companies will also need to add transmission upgrade and find new generation resources.

"He did the right thing for the people of Southern California and the right thing financially for Southern California Edison," Solana Beach activist Torgen Johnson said, who says he hopes the utility can invest in safer energy technologies.

"Let's do the right thing and turn this Cold War-era relic mistake into a really progressive, clean energy-based solution," he said.

There's a downside to the decision, as the shutdown will also mean job loss. Staff at SONGS will be reduced from approximately 1,500 to approximately 400 employees before the end of the year.

San Onofre produced enough power for 1.4 million homes before its closure. It is owned by SoCal Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and the city of Riverside.

Senator Barbara Boxer, Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, says that she's relieved by the news.

"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," Sen. Boxer said in a written statement.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2015
Universal:
That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbours who suffer, especially the sick and the poor.
Evangelization: That Mary's intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be ready to proclaim Jesus.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Green

Unexpected find in Washington may be last of its kind Watch

Image of This is the group of dinosaurs the Tyrannosaurus Rex is associated with.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

When an inter-tidal rock was found in the Sucia Island State Park in Washington State back in 2012, its discoverers had no idea that it would create or cause such excitement and hype. Embedded in the rock is a 17-inch bone fragment, that could not be immediately ... continue reading


DEVASTATING photos show humanity's destruction of Planet Earth Watch

Image of This bird ate too much plastic trash and died, revealing its unnatural diet upon decomposition.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Humanity's rapid expansion as the global population increases is taking its toll on the environment. Climate change, overpopulation, pollution, hunting of endangered species and strip mining are running rampant worldwide. A series of shocking photographs now ... continue reading


TOO SOON? Canonization of Mother Teresa next year only hypothetical, Vatican says Watch

Image of There had been reports in the Italian press that Mother Teresa, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity, who worked among the poorest of the poor, would be canonized before the end of the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In spite of various published reports that Blessed Teresa of Kolkata will be canonized on September 4, 2016, the Vatican says that this remains hypothetical. "It is a working hypothesis, therefore there is no official confirmation to be given," Vatican representative ... continue reading


2020: Antarctic ice shelf could collapse Watch

Image of Land-based glaciers that have also started to slide faster toward the sea.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The rich get richer, the poor get poorer and those polar ice caps keep right on melting. Things have deteriorated so badly - especially the Larsen B ice shelf, that scientist now fear the entire Antarctica ice shelf will collapse by the end of this decade, in ... continue reading


Raining spiders? Large areas of Australia covered in spider webs Watch

Image of Baby spiders

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The worst news for spider haters in Australia and around the globe: a natural migration phenomenon where baby spiders are flying is possible and has recently happened in the southern part of Australia. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Referred to as "Angel ... continue reading


HONEY HOLOCAUST: Forty percent of all beehives died in the past year Watch

Image of Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Maine and Wisconsin all saw more than 60 percent of their hives die since April of last year.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It is an alarming figure that may speak of a silent, ecological disaster. According to a federal study, more than two out of five American honeybee colonies died in the past year. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The survey reports that the worst die-off ... continue reading


Recreating Dinosaurs: Using chicken embryos, scientists learn how dinosaurs got 'snouts' Watch

Image of The team's aim was to understand how the bird beak evolved, because the beak is such a vital part of bird anatomy.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An asteroid, crashing into the Earth 65 million years ago, is thought to have caused the dinosaurs to go extinct. A group of dinosaurs managed to survive, and is thought to have evolved into modern-day birds. That theory has been around since the 19th Century. ... continue reading


Catfish surprisingly climbs wall and stuns scientists Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Inside a cave near Tena in Ecuador, a group of scientists filmed a catfish climbing up the wall to lick food from the roof. Climbing seems impossible for fishes, but evidence of an actual video showing an armored catfish making its way up the cave wall presents a new ... continue reading


Climate change to cause animal extinction in next century Watch

Image of New Zealand's tuataras will be one of the species affected by climate change.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In the next century or so, one in six species of plants and animals are likely to be extinct in South America, New Zealand, and Australia. Species in North America are at a lower risk of being extinct. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - According to a study ... continue reading


'Empty landscapes': Massive herbivore extinction in Southeast Asia hurts environment Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Oxford University researchers observed a rapid decline among large herbivores living in the rainforests, savannah and jungles located in Southeast Asia, as well as in India and Africa. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - According to the experts, this ... continue reading


All Green News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 25:13-21
13 Some days later King Agrippa and Bernice arrived ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
1 [Of David] Bless Yahweh, my soul, from the depths ... Read More

Gospel, John 21:15-19
15 When they had eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 22nd, 2015 Image

St. Rita
May 22: St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter