For Immediate Release 760-390-0775
"The Risks of Restarting the Damaged San Onofre Nuclear Plant"
Nuclear expert Daniel Hirsch speaks on Saturday, August 25, 2012
San Diego and Oceanside: The crippled San Onofre nuclear reactors pose an unacceptable and unnecessary risk to our environment and our communities. They leave Southern California Edison ratepayers footing a 670.8 million dollar bill for critically-flawed steam generator equipment.
Professor Daniel Hirsch, will speak on "The Risks of Restarting the Damaged San Onofre Nuclear Plant" at two presentations, on Saturday, August 25, 2012. Both programs are free and open to the public.
- 10 am - 12 noon, Oceanside Community Room, 330 North Pacific Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054 (between the Oceanside Library and Oceanside City Hall)
- 3 pm - 5 pm, Peace Resource Center, 3850 Westgate Place, San Diego, CA 92105
Daniel Hirsch is a Lecturer on Nuclear Policy and former Director of the Stevenson Program on Nuclear Policy at UC Santa Cruz and President of the Committee to Bridge the Gap, a 42-year-old organization concerned about nuclear safety, proliferation, and waste. Hirsch is an expert on nuclear power issues in California and is frequently called upon by the media to provide commentary on the San Onofre reactor situation.
"The pending question of whether it is safe to restart the damaged San Onofre reactors is one of the most important decisions for Southern California in years," said Hirsch. "Eight and a half million people live within 50 miles of the plant. Each reactor contains a thousand times the long-lived radioactivity of the Hiroshima bomb."
"The new replacement steam generators--critical equipment to assure that radioactivity isn't released into the environment and the fuel is kept cool so it doesn't melt--have failed in just a year or two," continued Hirsch. "Thousands of tubes in the steam generators have been damaged. Yet the operators of San Onofre have indicated they want to restart Unit 2 in the near future. Much is at stake."
Daniel Hirsch's visit to San Diego County is sponsored by the Peace Resource Center of San Diego. For more information, please contact Carol Jahnkow, 760-390-0775 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hirsch's organizagtion: Committee to Bridge the Gap: