Target: Theodore F. Craver, Jr.; CEO and Chairman of Edison International
Goal: Commend Edison’s decision to shut down a outdated and dangerously located reactor and urge them to invest in renewable energy
Southern California Edison has decided to permanently shut down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in Southern California. The plant, located in the city of Pendleton in San Diego County, California, was built in 1968. It was refitted with a new steam generator supplied by Mitsubishi in 2009 and 2010, and improper support and insulation of the piping in that new generator caused a minor radiation leak in early 2012, resulting in a shutdown of the plant. Rather than attempt the costly repair of the aging nuclear plant, Southern California Edison has decided to decommission it permanently.
The decommission of this plant is long overdue. In addition to its precarious location in one of the most populated regions of the nation, the plant is horribly close to the sea in an area known for both earthquakes and tsunamis. If a major incident such as the recent disaster in Fukushima were to happen, millions of people’s lives and health would be at risk, from the bathers at San Onofre State Beach to the Marines at nearby Camp Pendleton.
While they should have done so years ago, when the plant reached the end of its intended forty year operating life, Southern California deserves commendation for deciding to decommission this dangerous eyesore along the California coast. Please let them know that you are thankful for their long-overdue decision to do the right thing, and urge them to invest in safer, cleaner energy in the future.
Dear Theodore F. Craver Jr.,
Thank you for finally shutting down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. While long overdue, it is heartening to know that the plant is now permanently inoperational. The people and wildlife of Southern California are all the safer for it. I hope that your company will invest in safer energy sources in the future.
California is renowned for its natural beauty. Our beaches and coastlines in particular are among our most treasured features. Whether it be for swimming, surfing, sun bathing, or viewing the diverse local wildlife, our coasts are beloved to people from all over the nation and the world. Millions of people call the areas around our coastlines home, and take great pride in living along the beautiful Pacific Coast. The location of a nuclear plant in the midst of so many people, and on such valuable coastland, was particularly troubling, especially in light of its recent malfunction and leakage.
I have no idea who thought a reactor, so close to the water and in such a densely-populated area prone to earthquakes and tsunamis, was a good idea. I certainly hope that any future projects are designed with the proper foresight and concern for the surrounding communities and environment. Again, I thank you for your decision to shut down the San Onofre reactors, and urge you to invest in safer and renewable energy generation in the future.
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