San Onofre’s Nuclear Issues by Devlin Boland

1 Dec

I recently came across an article in a magazine called Tansworld Surf that caught my attention. The article was titled “Lowers is Leaking” and focused on the nuclear power plants in San Onofre that have been leaking into the waters of local surf breaks. In January it was discovered that there was a radiation leak in the two reactors at San Onofre and they have been offline ever since. This power plant has the worst safety record of all 104 nuclear power plants in the U.S. The article also talks about the author’s experience of hearing a Japanese victim share her story of the Fukushima disaster. She describes having to change her son’s bed sheets every morning due to his frequent and excessive nose bleeds. She spoke about her beliefs that the Japanese government was covering up the severity of the disaster. That is why she was sharing it with Americans who would listen. Proponents of nuclear power argue that it is a great energy source because it does not create carbon that is then released into the atmosphere. This argument seems to be defeated by many other cons. For example, one of the most carbon intensive products in the world, concrete, is used in massive amounts to build these power plants. Also, there is nowhere to dispose of the radioactive waste which stays toxic for generations. There is more than 4,000 tons of radioactive waste that is being stored down the beach from Trestles. These nuclear power plants provide only 7% of California’s power. This is a very low amount when compared to the power plant’s extremely high cost to operate. In my opinion, nuclear energy has far too many negative effects and too few positives to be a focal point of energy production in the world today. There are much cleaner, safer, and cheaper forms of alternative energy than nuclear power, which proves to be extremely expensive and dangerous.

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4 Responses to “San Onofre’s Nuclear Issues by Devlin Boland”

  1. Cole Othmer December 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

    I surf at lowers pretty often, and fersure don’t want to be surfing in nuclear waste. I think that they need to fix the problem or get rid of the plant in general because a lot of people surf in south orange county daily and it dangerous to them.

  2. Alex Boland December 2, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    I surf this break very often and it would be a shame if these power plants really were leaking. If this is true I think they should be shut down becasue they are making it dangerous to surfers as well as endangering a lot of different sea creatures.

  3. Chandler Rendl December 3, 2012 at 2:47 am #

    There are a lot of locals and kids/adults that surf all over California and it would be a shame to see the shore of Lowers polluted to the point where it’s too dangerous for surfers to have to find an alternative location.

  4. Chandler Rendl December 3, 2012 at 2:52 am #

    There are a lot of locals and kids/adults that surf in California and it would be a shame to see Lowers being polluted to the point where it would be too dangerous for surfers to go there anymore

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