Thursday, October 17, 2013

INVITATION: Community Symposium on Decommissioning San Onofre, San Clemente, October 19

Community Symposium on Decommissioning San Onofre

Saturday, October 19, 2013, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Admission Free - Suggested Donation $10

Center for Spiritual Living,1201 Puerta Del Sol, Suite 100, San Clemente, CA 92673

Pre-register - More symposium information

In June, civic and environmental activists won a big victory when the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant ceased operations permanently. The current dispute over defective technology between Edison and Mitsubishi confirms how necessary this outcome was.

Environmental and citizen groups had only a short time to celebrate averting the risk posed by continued operation of the plant. Almost immediately it became clear that this site, wedged between Interstate 5 and the Pacific shoreline, poses a huge challenge of radioactive nuclear waste stored at the plant.

The issues are multiple. Much of the waste is a highly radioactive form of spent fuel known as "high burn-up," stored in densities far higher than original design specifications. Large uncertainties persist about where the waste will ultimately be stored and for how long. Billions of dollars of expense will be required to resolve these uncertainties.  The issues involved in "decommissioning" San Onofre were secondary during the shutdown debate but now they loom large.

This Saturday, October 19, in San Clemente, the Community Symposium on Decommissioning San Onofre will feature nationally regarded authorities addressing these concerns:

Dr. Arjun Makhijani, expert on Hardened On Site Storage of nuclear waste and long-term high-level waste management issues and President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research
Dr. Marvin Resnikoff, expert on nuclear waste management issues and  Senior Associate at Radioactive Waste Management Associates
Dr. Donald Mosier, expert on the health effects of radiation, Department of Immunology at The Scripps Research Institute and City Council member from Del Mar, California

Co-sponsors of the symposium include Residents Organized for a Safe Environment (ROSE), Sierra Club Angeles Chapter, Peace Resource Center of San Diego, San Clemente Green, Women's Occupy, Citizens Oversight Project, and San Onofre Safety.

Our immediate goal is to assure that "best practices" are applied to make the decommissioning of San Onofre as safe as possible.

Our ultimate goal is to rejuvenate the national dialog about how the U.S. manages nuclear waste.

San Onofre Task Force
Learn more on the San Onofre Campaign website, email list, and Facebook page

Glenn Pascall
Chair, San Onofre Task Force
Co-coordinator, Community Symposium on Decommissioning San Onofre

George Watland
Conservation Program Coordinator
Co-coordinator, Community Symposium on Decommissioning San Onofre


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