CALL TO ACTION: San Onofre is where I learned how to surf. A “borderland” of Orange and San Diego counties where over 100,000 acres of coastal sage scrub is spared from beach lifestyle development due to its value as a testing ground for the weapons and soldiers of the US Marine Corps on Camp Pendleton. Thanks to some of the most consistent waves for performance surfing in the world, the shoreline is hallowed ground for an international crew of surfers. The area’s ironic edifice is Edison’s San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant which now contains over 3.5 million pounds of spent radioactive fuel. It was shutdown in 2012 because of a leak. The last few years have been embroiled in debate over what to do with all of the nuclear waste.
Edison’s short term solution– keep all of radioactive material on site amidst 8.4 million people within a 50-mile radius, next to one of the busiest freeways in the country and 100 ft from a rising Pacific Ocean.
Long term solution– eventually (no clear timeline) ship it off to privately owned short term sites in Texas or New Mexico (with a history of pollution), have it sit there for who knows how long, and then finally to national repository along with the other 80,000 metric tons of the USA’s nuclear waste when one is available. Many of these proposed sites affect impoverished rural communities. No good solution currently exists for a technology which produces 500,000 years of waste for 50 years of energy. There are destinations of lesser impact however.
What you can do- take 60 seconds to add your name to the Environmental Impact Report via filling out your info below the pre-drafted comment (link in my profile) which proposes the waste be stored inland on Camp Pendleton away from the mercurial shoreline. This mitigates transportation risks and NIMBYistic dumping of our problems onto others. This is urgent, during the next 18 months of waste transfer there is the risk of catastrophic earthquake damage as well as the questionable structural integrity of the canisters in which the toxic cores are held.
Thank you @sarahhbrady for connecting myself and many in our community to the nuances of this issue.
Please add your name now- bit.ly/SONGSwaste
Further reading- https://santacruzwaves.com/2018/08/in-depth-nuclear-baggage/
by Cyrus Sutton