Keep Nuclear Power Plant Closed Until it can be Operated Safely

Target: Southern California Edison

Goal: Protect public health and the environment by keeping the San Onofre nuclear power plant closed until it can be operated safely.

The San Onofre nuclear power plant has been shut down since it released radioactive steam in January. The cause of the release has not been determined, yet Southern California Edison plans to reopen the plant in June. Nuclear power plants have the potential to release dangerous radioactivity if not properly maintained; therefore, the San Onofre nuclear power plant should remain closed until the cause of the radioactive steam release can be found and fixed.

Nuclear power plant failures can have disastrous effects on human health and the environment. There are many components of a nuclear power plant and if any of them fail, the potential exists for the power plant to release radiation. The extent of damage to humans and the environment depends on the amount and type of radiation released. Radiation exposure can have a wide range of effects on humans including nausea, vomiting, hair loss, diarrhea, central nervous system damage, cancer, and death. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster killed fifty employees and resulted in the deaths of thousands of others from cancer. Radioactive fallout can also damage the environment directly by killing plants and animals and indirectly by contaminating soil and water. Radioactive particles can take hundreds of years to lose their radioactive properties. The area surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant has been abandoned since the disaster in 1986 due to high levels of radiation.

Eight million people live within a fifty mile radius of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. These people could be affected if the San Onofre nuclear power plant had a nuclear accident that resulted in radioactive release. Thus, the San Onofre nuclear power plant should remain closed until all safety concerns are addressed.

By signing the petition below, you will help urge Southern California Edison to keep the San Onofre nuclear power plant closed until it can be safely operated.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Southern California Edison,

The San Onofre nuclear power plant represents a risk to human health and the environment if reopened. The nuclear power plant has been shut down since it released radioactive steam in January. Investigators have not definitely determined the cause of the radioactive release; therefore, reopening the plant represents a significant risk to human health and the environment.

Nuclear power plants have the potential to release damaging radiation if not properly maintained. Radiation can have disastrous effects on human health and the environment. Radiation exposure can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, central nervous system damage, cancer and death. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster directly killed 50 people and resulted in thousands of people developing cancer. Radioactive particles can directly kill plants and animals and can cause long term damage to the environment through soil and water contamination. It can take hundreds of years for radioactive particles to lose their radioactive properties.

The risks of operating a nuclear power plant when there are safety or mechanical concerns are high and should be avoided. Eight million people inhabit the fifty mile radius around the San Onofre nuclear power plant. If the plant malfunctions and releases radioactivity, the health of those people could be compromised.

I urge you to keep the San Onofre nuclear power plant closed until safety and mechanical problems are corrected and it can be operated safely.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    please go green now!

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