$54 million a month — that’s how much Southern California Edison is already recouping from customers for the two new generators at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station which, in 2011, were found to be leaking radioactive steam and were shut down.
And now, it will cost millions more to repair the generators and restart the plant. That cost could also be passed on to customers if Southern California Edison has its way. Altogether, the failed generators and repairs will cost customers over a billion dollars.
Over 44,000 people have already signed our petition to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to shut down San Onofre for good. Now we need to take the fight straight to Governor Jerry Brown, who is sensitive to how the costs of this plant will be passed on to consumers. We need the governor to pressure the California Public Utilities Commission to shut down the plant so that customers aren’t funding more failed overhauls and we can invest that money in renewable energy.
The San Onofre plant is a Fukushima-repeat waiting to happen. Built near a fault line that’s more dangerous than previously thought and sitting directly on the beach, it’s susceptible to both tsunami waves and earthquakes.
We need to stop pouring money into this radioactive pit. Instead of allowing Southern California Edison to spend more money that will be passed on to utility customers for a plant that’s due to be retired in just 10 years, California should be leading the green energy movement by spending that money to retrofit homes for energy conservation, install solar panels on business buildings, and investing in other sources of renewable energy.
Three of the five commissioners on the California Public Utilities Commission were appointed by Governor Brown. That means his influence could be decisive in the upcoming commission vote about shutting down San Onofre. Allies tell us that the governor is most concerned about passing to consumers the costs of repairing the plant. So if we emphasize the massive costs involved we can convince him to push for investments in renewables rather than trying to reopen this expensive and dangerous nuclear power plant.
Tell Governor Jerry Brown: Save taxpayers from this billion-dollar boondoggle — shut down San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station permanently. Click below to automatically sign the petition:
Thank you for being a part of the fight against unsafe nuclear energy.
Jordan Krueger, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets