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In the ongoing How-Where-What-to-Do
with defunct San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS)
on-site nuclear waste, harboring 1000s-of-Years’ radioactive shelf life —
Can it, Move it, Put it Somewhere Safe, Away from Public Harm
the people vs. corporate bean-counting mumbo jumbo
i.e. the power-that-be (basically Edison) wants to cheap-out
on defunct-SONGS nuke rod storage ‘canisters’
with maybe a 25-to-30 year shelf life
before cracking from intense radioactive heat inside the cans,
with no guarantee of canister longevity,
and no-way of checking for cracks,
and no place to move the radioactive tonnage to,
defunct-SONGS, Edison, and NRC
continue down their insane road to unimaginable disaster,
if their cheap-can conversation becomes “our” reality.
Pray it doesn’t.
If there was ever a time for “Quality Assurances,”
ensuring a minimum 100-year safety window
for defunct-SONGS’ left-behind nuke-waste,
Edison must not be allowed to cheap-out
on canning their eternally hot responsibility.
Edison created defunct-SONGS radioactive hot mess.
Now they must “can” it responsibly,
looking 1000-years-out, minimum.
No system is perfect, but the thick ones are designed to be maintainable. For example, they use redundant metal seals and lids that are designed to monitor for pressure changes. This gives them an early warning alert they may need to replace a seal. There are two seals for each bolted lid. Only one seal out of four is needed to prevent a radioactive leak.
The thin wall canisters have no redundant or early warning system. You will only know there are cracks after the cracks travel through the wall of the canister and leak radioactive gases into the environment.
The nuclear industry has no approved solution to deal with leaking canisters once spent fuel pools are destroyed.
— Donna Gilmore San Onofre Safety
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