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Stopping SONGS' Black Swan

Stopping SONGS’ Black Swan

Removing the terrorist threats to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station exposed by the Black Swan SONGS series can specifically strengthen this vulnerable nuclear installation. The Marine Corps Camp Pendleton commander could take decisive action after verifying with his own eyes the findings of this series. He is responsible for the safety of everything in the base perimeter and that presumably includes SONGS. Protecting San Onofre protects the Marines and their base which should be all the justification needed for the brigadier general to act. That is the purpose of this series. With SONGS-specific vulnerabilities exposed, we can, and must, prevent black swan events at SONGS and other nuclear reactors and SFPs across the country.

Hit Men for Hot Zones

Hit Men for Hot Zones

Heavy weaponry, including rocket launchers that could be used to attack San Onofre, is awash on both sides of the U.S. and Mexico border with most of the dangerous material originating in the United States. Drug cartels have sought out American soldiers to recruit as hitmen with some success. In addition to the rocket propelled missile threat against San Onofre, EnviroReporter.com has discovered that the SONGS dry cask spent nuclear fuel facility, amazingly not in the highly secure zone like the one in which the reactors are located, is vulnerable to terrorist attack on foot. This second major vulnerability could cause a catastrophic disaster should terrorists hired by Middle East adversaries of this country manage to penetrate the lightly defended dry cask area of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

San Onofre's Risky Business

San Onofre’s Risky Business

The softest targets are nuclear reactor spent fuel rods in cooling pools with dry casked radioactive spent fuel rods a not too close second. Nuclear reactors themselves are heavily fortified concrete enclosures and would require much heavier weaponry to successfully attack than the soft sites analyzed in this series.

What San Onofre lacks in an effective defensive posture to successfully fend off terrorist attacks could be made right by use of the neighboring thousands of Marines on duty just down the Old Highway 101 road that runs along the eastern wall of SONGS between it and the San Diego Freeway. Unlike any other reactor and spent fuel pool complex in the country, San Onofre sits on Marine Corps land with 100,000 people on the base during daytime including 19,000 members of the First Marines Expeditionary Force. I MEF is made up of the 1st Marine Division, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and the 1st Marine Logistics Group.

SONGS' Lethal Legacy

SONGS’ Lethal Legacy

According to a June 27 report from Friends of the Earth (FOE) on SONGS’ “lethal legacy,” the last 44 years of energy production at San Onofre have left nearly 1,100 tons of extremely radioactive spent fuel rods overcrowded in pools designed only to hold them for 5 to 7 years. Other estimates of the total amount of hot rods at the site range from 1,400 to 1,800 tons according to several credible sources.

Should a pool be cracked by an earthquake or lose power to circulate the hot pools, the water would drain or evaporate away and the heat of the extremely radioactive rods could ignite a blaze. Not just any blaze. A spent fuel pond fire would be nearly impossible to extinguish and, according to a 2007 Nuclear Regulatory Commission disaster scenario involving SONGS’ pools on fire, everyone within ten miles of San Onofre would get a fatal dose of radiation.

State Stumbles Over Illegal SSFL Radioactive Waste Disposal Allegations

State Stumbles Over Illegal SSFL Radioactive Waste Disposal Allegations

A hastily-arranged press conference call Tuesday revealed Cal-EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control’s strategy in dealing with revelations of illegally dumping and recycling radioactive material from the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL): feign outrage and boldly claim, without proof, that DTSC hadn’t done anything wrong.

Boeing's Meltdown Mess

Boeing’s Meltdown Mess

Consumer Watchdog and a coalition of environmental groups threatened to sue California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control and Department of Public Health over Boeing tearing down radioactive structures at the contaminated Santa Susana Field Laboratory.

Wisconsin

The US EPA has radiation air monitoring stations in the following Wisconsin cities:

Madison
Milwaukee

Madison

Milwaukee

West Virginia

The US EPA has one radiation air monitoring station in Charleston, West Virginia:

Washington

The US EPA has radiation air monitoring stations in the following Washington cities:

Olympia
Richland
Seattle
Spokane

Olympia

Richland

Seattle

Spokane

Virginia

The US EPA has radiation air monitoring stations in the following Virginia cities:

Harrisonburg
Richmond
Virginia Beach

Harrisonburg

Richmond

Virginia Beach

Vermont

The US EPA has one radiation air monitoring station in Burlington, Vermont:

Utah

The US EPA has one radiation air monitoring station in Salt Lake City, Utah:

Texas

The US EPA has radiation air monitoring stations in the following Texas cities:

Amarillo
Austin
Corpus Christi
Dallas
El Paso
Fort Worth
Harlingen
Houston
Laredo
Lubbock
San Angelo
San Antonio

Amarillo

Austin

Corpus Christi

Dallas

El Paso

Fort Worth

Harlingen

Houston

Laredo

Lubbock

San Angelo

San Antonio

Tennessee

The US EPA has radiation air monitoring stations in the following Tennessee cities:

Knoxville
Memphis
Nashville

Knoxville

Memphis

Nashville

South Dakota

The US EPA has radiation air monitoring stations in the following South Dakota cities:

Pierre
Rapid City

Pierre

Rapid City

Rhode Island

The US EPA has one radiation air monitoring station in Providence, Rhode Island:

Puerto Rico

The US EPA has one radiation air monitoring station in San Juan, Puerto Rico:

Pennsylvania

The US EPA has radiation air monitoring stations in the following Pennsylvania cities:

Philadelphia
Pittsburgh

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Oregon

The US EPA has radiation air monitoring stations in the following Oregon cities:

Corvallis
Portland

Corvallis

Portland

Oklahoma

The US EPA has radiation air monitoring stations in the following Oklahoma cities:

Oklahoma City
Tulsa

Oklahoma City

Tulsa

Ohio

The US EPA has radiation air monitoring stations in the following Ohio cities:

Cincinnati
Cleveland
Columbus
Toledo

Cincinnati

Cleveland

Columbus

Toledo

North Dakota

The US EPA has one radiation air monitoring station in Bismarck, North Dakota:

North Carolina

The US EPA has radiation air monitoring stations in the following North Carolina cities:

Charlotte
Raleigh
Wilmington

Charlotte

Raleigh

Wilmington

New York

The US EPA has radiation air monitoring stations in the following New York cities:

Albany
Buffalo
New York City
Rochester
Syracuse
Yaphank

Albany

Buffalo

New York City

Rochester

Syracuse

Yaphank

New Mexico

The US EPA has radiation air monitoring stations in the following New Mexico cities:

Albuquerque
Carlsbad
Navajo Lake

Albuquerque

Carlsbad

Navajo Lake