We are currently in an era where the topic of nuclear reactors is not received with a popular opinion. While the message was very clear in the 1979 movie ‘China Syndrome’, it was then followed by an ironic twist only weeks after the release of the movie with the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania. It appears that these warnings were not enough for the government and big business energy companies, because they kept on building the reactors. Recent reports bring another layer of horror on the topic, as information has been released that Southern California Edison was completely aware of major problems on the reactors at the San Onofre installation.
Apparently, there was a secret report released by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries that exposed the fact that Edison knew about some problems that were leveled as ‘serious’ on the steam generators that were redesigned as replacements for the nuclear reactors at San Onofre. They weren’t just aware of these dangers, they knew about them years before the installation of the defective equipment and didn’t make any efforts to fix or change the problems. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) were directly responsible for requesting the report release by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and demanding that the public be made aware of the situation.
The report has been called a ‘bombshell’ within the industry and has undermined the credibility as well as the interest in the restart program of the nuclear plant’s crippled reactors. Edison’s plan would have allowed compensation for the plant from the California Public Utility Commission. The poor decisions on the part of Edison could have potentially endangered millions of people in Southern California, as well as the untold effect on the environment and proved that Edison had more focus on construction speed than safety.
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