Stop a Dangerous Nuclear Power Plant from Reopening

Target: Allison Macfarlane, Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Goal: Don’t reopen the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which was closed due to leaking of radioactive steam

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) located on a beach between Los Angeles and San Diego is considered a threat by many due to its history of radiation leaks. Nevertheless, the Southern California Edison, an electricity provider that currently services over 14 million Southern Californians, is trying to re-open the plant for use.

The plant was shut down in January due to the leaking of radioactive steam, and has been considered a dangerous and aging power plant that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission calls “a disaster waiting to happen.” There doesn’t seem to be any reason to allow this power plant to exist, let alone reopen it for use. There were multiple security problems in the past, including the failure of the generators designed to keep the plant running for years, which instead, led to the short lifespan and the leaks. Repairs and inspections have also been costly, running up a bill of at least $165 million.

There have also been more complaints with the safety of San Onofre than any other nuclear power plant in the country. Employees reportedly complained of harassment issues when they attempted to speak out against the safety conditions in the plant. There is already enough power to generate electricity for Southern California, and this plant is unnecessary. Efforts should instead be focused on different methods of renewable energy that would not pose such a danger to residents.

Ironically, the plant is also located close to a nearby fault line, on top of the already existing issues in opposition to its reopening. Sign this petition and ask that Allison Macfarlane, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, shut down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station once and for all. Californians do not need any more possible radiation scares in the future.


Dear Allison Macfarlane,

I am writing to ask you to reconsider allowing the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) to reopen.  It seems both unnecessary and dangerous to put this plant back in operation after its closure in January due to radiation leaks.  With complaints from employees as well as Southern California residents who feel threatened, the best situation appears for it to remain closed.

When there are already sources of energy that can generate enough electricity for Southern Californians, opening a nuclear plant that has a history of safety concerns does not seem like the right choice. The amount of money being spent on repairs and inspections is outrageous, having totaled over $165 million already. Instead, we should focus on other sources of renewable energy that wouldn’t pose such a danger to the public should another leak occur.

Don’t let Southern California Edison reopen this plant, which has been called “a disaster waiting to happen.” The fact that the power plant is located close to a fault line also spreads fear within the community. People should not feel threatened about future radiation scares. Please do not allow the plant to reopen.


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One Comment

  1. Surely we need to lessen the population of Southern California, however, a nuclear accident is not appropriate for it enters all ecosystems. We are on the horizon of producing power in harmless ways and we need to put the 700 million dollars in alternative energy sources not reopening a ticking disaster.
    Melt downs are world wide contamination and must be prevented.

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