Sen. Boxer, Rep. Markey release nuclear safety bombshell exposing collusion at San Onofre
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In a letter to Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane, Sen. Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Markey (D-Mass.) said the document from the generators’ manufacturer, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, “indicates that Southern California Edison (SCE) and MHI were aware of serious problems with the design of San Onofre nuclear power plant’s replacement steam generators before they were installed.
Further, the Report asserts that SCE and MHI rejected enhanced safety modifications and avoided triggering a more rigorous license amendment and safety review process.”
“This is a game-changer,” said Kendra Ulrich, nuclear campaigner for Friends of the Earth. “We applaud Sen. Boxer and Rep. Markey for urging the NRC to take action on this stunning revelation. We knew Edison attempted to avoid the license amendment process back in the mid-2000s, but we didn't know that it would go so far as to refuse needed safety changes to the flawed design in order to do so.
This amounts to the willful endangerment of the lives and livelihoods of millions of people
in Southern California. Given the massive safety and corporate malfeasance i
mplications, we are calling for the immediate release of this document in its entirety.