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Topic Description Status Parents
Nuclear Waste How to deal with ever-increasing deadly nuclear waste. Active Nuclear Energy
Settlement To Move San Onofre Waste Citizens Oversight sued the Coastal Commission regarding approval of the permit to allow the Nuclear Waste Storage on the Beach and a Settlement Resulted. This Project tracks and follows that settlement. Active Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Waste, Stop Nuke Dump
Shut San Onofre Objective is permanent decommissioning of SONGS Hot Nuclear Energy
Shutdown Diablo Goal is permanent shut down of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Hot Nuclear Energy

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San Onofre is not on the coast and would not be affected by a Tsunami like the plant in Japan.

San Onofre:
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From: http://ranchosantamargarita.patch.com/articles/nuke-plant-chief-san-onofre-could-have-withstood-the-japanese-quake
One of the major problems with the Japanese plant was that the 23-foot tsunami wiped out backup diesel generators that run the cooling system at the plant. Dietrich said that wouldn’t happen at San Onofre; not only is the plant protected by a 30-foot reinforced seawall—seven feet higher than the crest of the tsunami that struck Japan—but also, the generators are in water-tight, missile-resistant bunkers that sit at an elevation of 30 feet above sea level.


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Fukushima Power Plant:

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From http://www.theoildrum.com/node/7637

I recall reading the elevation was some 45 feet above sea level.

I recall hearing 15meters, which is the same thing. The pictures I saw showed the buildings on a coastal bluff. Most likely the cooling water intakes got fouled by tsunami debris. I heard the diesel gen sets were running when the tsunami hit. On hindsight, it would have been prudent to have diesel gen shutdown during tsunami. I think the reactor buildings themselves were designed for the 15M event, but obviously the emergency cooling system wasn't.

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Project Name Nuclear Energy
Project Description Nuclear Energy
Project Founder Raymond Lutz
Project Curator Raymond Lutz
Project Type Issue Oversight
Project Parents Energy Policy
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