The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was closed in 2012 after a number of multiple serious, billion dollar equipment failures. But now the utility companies, who hold the financial responsibility to safely decommission the power plant, propose to take the absolutely least expensive, quickest exit plan possible. And, do not expect the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to step up and challenge this plan, they are happy to approve any plan that meets minimum standards on paper, regardless of the reality on the ground. Specifically the current proposal calls for the most contaminated of the nuclear reactor waste to be enclosed in temporary 5/8” steel containers then placed in concrete vaults underground on-site at the San Onofre facility.
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