imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Tell the NSA: StopWatching.US

Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles
link:

San Onofre Layoffs: Latest Sign of Nuke Plant’s Demise

by Michael Steinberg Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 at 5:59 PM
blackrainpress@hotmail.com

The announcement of the impending layoff of one third of the San Onofre nuclear plant's workforce is yet another indication of the demise of this troublesome nuke.

August 20th’s notice that San Onofre’s owners are laying off 730 workers—one third of the workforce—is yet another indication of a nuclear power plant in severe distress.


Both formerly operating reactors have been shut down since January due to revelations that key components called steam generators had rapidly and largely turned into junk.


In following months promises of restart from the company have repeatedly been pushed back.


On July 31 Huff Post LA reported that this crisis had cost the plant “at least $165 million” at that point. This figure consisted of “$48 million for inspection and maintenance costs” and $117 million “to buy replacement power.”


The Huff Post report also stated, “In a conference call with Wall Street analysts, Edison Chairman Ted Craver left opened the possibility that the Unit 3 reactor might be scrapped.”


Southern California Edison has an 80% ownership share in the San Onofre nukes, with San Diego Gas & Electric holding most of the remaining share.


Despite the crippled status of San Onofre, its owners are still raking in $54 million per month while its reactors provide not one electron of power to its 1.4 million customers in San Diego, Orange and LA counties.


The North County Times reported on August 13, “Ratepayers shouldn’t have to pay the $54 million per month to run the disabled San Onofre plant, the Division of Ratepayers told the utilities regulator in a letter Monday.”


That division of the state Public Utilities Commission “lobbies on behalf of utilities customers,” the newspaper reported.


State law mandates that the PUC can “pull the costs from consumer bills” if generating equipment “is off line for nine months or more,” the paper reported.


But, in his letter to the PUC, James Como, acting director of the Division of Ratepayer Advocates, wrote:


“I write to ask you to remove [San Onofre nuclear plant] from [SC Edison’s] and [SDG&E’s] rate base now, instead of waiting several more months and allowing hundreds of millions of dollars in needless costs to be borne by customers.


“[The law] is not intended to be a free pass for utilities to earn a return on non-functioning hardware for nine months. Nor does the [law] limit the Commissions’ authority to act sooner, and indeed the Commission has a responsibility to act.”


SC Edison did not respond to requests from The North County Times. An SDG&E spokesperson said the utility consumer advocacy division “appears to be jumping the gun.”


Almost lost in all these breaking stories was one from the August 20 Huff Post LA: “San Onofre Power Plant: NRC Slaps Nuclear Plant For Security Lapse.”


According to this report, the NRC said that “the company failed to develop procedures to monitor electronic devices related to security. The NRC withheld most details of the problem.” A San Onofre official said the problem had been corrected


While San Onofre’s owners witness their former big moneymaker becoming more and more of a liability, they also have to face the reality that, even if they did want to get Units 2 and 3 running again, they probably would have to replace all four steam generators.
The last time they did that (only a few years ago), it took over two years and cost $680 million. Steam generators usually last 20 or more years.


But maybe now, just maybe, they’ll finally get real and realize nuclear power just ain’t worth it.

Michael Steinberg is a veteran writer and activist currently based in the Bay Area.






Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments



Freenet/Sone comments box:

This is a comment system called babcom, which is a decentralized, anonymous, encrypted, troll-resistant, comment system that runs atop Freenet. These comments are not stored on this IMC server - they exist in the Freenet cloud, and you must be running Freenet and Sone to see the comments. Install Freenet and try it out.

Use Node:

⚙ Babcom is trying to load the comments ⚙

This textbox will disappear when the comments have been loaded.

If the box below shows an error-page, you need to install Freenet with the Sone-Plugin or set the node-path to your freenet node and click the Reload Comments button (or return).

If you see something like Invalid key: java.net.MalformedURLException: There is no @ in that URI! (Sone/search.html), you need to setup Sone and the Web of Trust

If you had Javascript enabled, you would see comments for this page instead of the Sone page of the sites author.

Note: To make a comment which isn’t a reply visible to others here, include the red link below somewhere in the comment text.

Add this link to the comment:

Local News

Protests at fig and Washington N24 11:09PM

REMEMBERING CARLOS BULOSAN N23 6:27AM

Pressure on Orange County District Attorney to Prosecute Minors Counsel N22 5:30PM

RE-VISITING CARLOS BULOSAN N22 1:08PM

Winter 2014 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! N20 11:12PM

#UCLADivest N19 1:46AM

Ferguson verdict Monday? N16 1:42PM

TV LEGEND BOB BARKER FUNDS ‘LION’S SHARE’ OF SUCCESSFUL MISSION TO SAVE CIRCUS ANIMALS IN N13 11:30AM

Veterans Against Foreclosures Marches in San Fernando Veterans Day Parade N11 2:46PM

Disappeared Documentary in L.A N11 2:23PM

Los Angeles Questions Oversized LAPD Response to Million Mask March N07 1:57AM

Ghosts of Wall Street Occupy Hollywood Blvd Halloween Night N06 12:48PM

The "Cleaning Up" of Venice N02 5:16PM

Activists Hold Prayer Vigil for Lexi Dillon and Jonah Rief in Orange County O31 2:32PM

New ID Verification Feature on this Site O21 1:06AM

Sierra Club endorses activists for Water Board O20 2:02PM

INDY has been hijacked or sold? to commentators ? O17 9:58AM

Columbus Day Protest, Downtown L.A. O14 4:44PM

Demonstration in Los Angeles: In Solidarity with Kobani O11 12:23PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Trigger-Happy: Profile of State-Sponsored Terrorism N28 11:46AM

Washington Covertly Arming Ukraine N28 6:46AM

Over-the-Top Israeli Policies N28 3:46AM

Le fascisme du monde N27 11:39PM

Netanyahu's "Jewish State" Bill - Full text N27 9:25PM

Palestinian Children Brainwashed to Hate Jews, Become Warriors N27 9:20PM

The Shortwave Report 11/28/14 Listen Globally! N27 3:49PM

Monied Interests Have Lots to Give Thanks For N27 12:12PM

Israeli Children Brainwashed to Hate Arabs, Become Warriors N27 7:37AM

Heading for Possible Global War N27 4:17AM

Some LA Ferguson Protest Links N27 12:35AM

Anti-Israel vandalism on campus N26 10:52PM

Israeli Police State Ruthlessness N26 12:38PM

Rewarding Israel for High Crimes Against Peace N26 9:57AM

Unaccountable Israeli Settler Criminality N26 5:28AM

Israeli Ruthlessness 101 N26 2:09AM

Fascism in Ukraine N25 2:07PM

NATO's Dark Side N25 11:32AM

Video: Keystone PipeLIES Exposed, 18 min N25 6:30AM

Systemic Injustice in America N25 5:11AM

LA Protests Grand Jury Decision N24 9:40PM

Chris Dixon on Indymedia On Air N24 6:49PM

Hagel Sacking Suggests More War N24 1:56PM

Deadlocked Iran Nuclear Talks N24 10:20AM

Why Austerity Kills N24 6:47AM

NEW INTERVENTION BY FILIPINO WRITER IN FILIPINO N24 6:29AM

Albert Woodfox: 41 Years in Solitary Unjustly N24 2:54AM

Labor Solidarity Demands a “No” Vote on Israel Boycott N23 6:07PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy