“We got the final wake-up call at Fukushima. We need to phase out and shut down the hundred and four reactors in America. I will put it very bluntly. We need to kill them before they kill us."
S. David Freeman
Former Head of the Tennessee Valley Authority
LOCAL STORY - GLOBAL ISSUE
California is a microcosm of a planet-wide quest for a nuclear-free and carbon-free energy future.
The story behind the historic shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear generating station, located in tsunami and earthquake zones between densely populated Los Angeles and San Diego, is an instructive and empowering one for other ‘reactor communities’ around the country and the world.
The end of the ‘nuclear age’ from an overdose of market and public opposition forces has begun (four U.S. shutdowns have been announced since June 2013). A movement for a nuclear free future is resurgent. But it has deep roots in the past.
Take the case of California:
· In the 1980’s, hundreds of nuclear reactors were planned along the Pacific coast.
· The people-powered Nuclear Free California (NFC) Movement reduced it to two stations - now only one remains at the Diablo Canyon site.
“A seismic event for the nuclear industry.”
In 2013, with the closure of SoCal Edison’s San Onofre nuclear generating station, the resurgent NFC Movement has turned it’s attention to shutting down PG&E’s Diablo Canyon reactors for good.
That would make California nuclear free…except for its two existing on-site repositories of tons of high-level nuclear waste at San Onofre and Diablo Canyon, and the fallout and radiaoactive debris from the on-going nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima.
California’s Triple Nuclear Threat: Power, Waste & Fallout
The Movement still has work to do:
· Shut Diablo Canyon down – the state has a surplus energy supply without it!
· Deal with two high-level nuclear waste dumps in earthquake and tsunami zones at San Onofre and Diablo Canyon…just like Fukushima.
· Manage continuing radioactive contamination from Fukushima and make common cause with Japan’s nuclear free movement, which is now under attack by pro-nuclear forces in government and industry.
It is a local story with planetary implications. In the 1980’s California led the way in renewable energy. Can California lead the way again…to a sustainable green energy future?
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