SCE STUNG WITH NRC VIOLATION NOTICE ON CONSTRUCTION OF NUCLEAR WASTE FACILITY STIRS MEMORIES OF FAILED STEAM GENERATORS DUE TO ENGINEERING ERRORS
Citizens Oversight (2017-05-26) Ray Lutz
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SCE STUNG WITH NRC VIOLATION NOTICE ON CONSTRUCTION OF NUCLEAR WASTE FACILITYSTIRS MEMORIES OF FAILED STEAM GENERATORS DUE TO ENGINEERING ERRORS
SAN DIEGO (2017-05-26) -- An Inspection Report by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a notice to Southern California Edison (SCE) that a "Severity Level IV violation of NRC requirements occurred. The violation related to the licensee’s failure to follow a procedure requirement to test the density of the Important to safety (ITS) grout that was placed under the Cavity Enclosure Containers."
Ray Lutz, Founder of Citizens Oversight said "The NRC notice shows us that SCE is rushing and "cutting corners" to install the nuclear "dump" only 30 yards from the ocean, entirely a waste of money as our lawsuit may stop them from ever using it, and then they will have to demolish it. If they actually use it, it may have to be regarded as radioactive waste itself. This only reminds us of the incredible failure of the steam generators, which resulted in the shutdown of the plant. There is little public confidence that SCE can avoid a catastrophe with their plan to store nuclear waste. This must stop!"
Citizens Oversight filed a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission shortly after they granted SCE a permit to build a new "Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation" (ISFSI) on October 6 2015, represented by attorney firm Aguirre & Severson LLP. The case as proceeded and Judge Judith Hayes ruled that the case could proceed in November 2016. When a hearing was scheduled for April 14th, 2017, SCE said they were interested in talking about alternatives.
"It's sad to see that SCE is plunging forward with construction of this ridiculous plan to place 3.6 million pounds of high level nuclear waste," Lutz said. "They are wasting time and effort building this insane block of concrete on the ocean when they should be working to move the fuel to a better location."
Citizens Oversight has been pushing for the utility to keep the fuel safely stored in the fuel pools so it can cool before placing it in canisters that can be shipped without delay to another location, rather than risking storing them here in this salty environment and then wondering if the 5/8" thin canister walls would have cracks induced by the corrosive salt air of the ocean, which may make it difficult or impossible to remove the canisters and ship them to an alternative site. The lawsuit points out that SCE did not work to find an alternative site, and it suggests that the Palo Verde nuclear plant near Phoenix is a better place, away from the ocean, tsunami risks, and out of earthquake zones, among other things.
Mr. Lutz can be made available for interview.
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NRC Notice of Violation is attached.
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