Friday, June 07, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Full Public Hearing For SONGS Restart Possible

May 13 (Reuters) - An independent nuclear regulatory panel on Monday called for a full public hearing on the proposed restart of one of the two damaged San Onofre nuclear reactors, a move that could delay Southern California Edison's effort to operate the plant this summer. The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board has ruled in favor of hearings, but the game is not over.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

S.O.N.G.S Is A Train Wreck

The Los Anglese Times reports that nearly $1 billion was charged to ratepayers over the last year while the plant generated no electricity, and the charges continue to mount as the nuclear plant sits idle. more . . .

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Edison and Mitsubishi Knew San Onofre Steam Generators Were Defective

A press release issued Wednesday by two prominent members of Congress charged that Southern California Edison (SCE) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) knew that the two replacement steam generators for the San Onofre nuclear plant were defective, and avoided adding safety measures to keep from triggering stricter scrutiny by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Senator Barbara Boxer of California and Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts send a letter to NRC Chair Allison Macfarlane on Wednesday stating “Southern California Edison and MHI were aware of serious problems with the design of San Onofre nuclear power plant’s replacement steam generators before they were installed. Further, SCE and MHI rejected enhanced safety modifications and avoided triggering a more rigorous license amendment and safety review process.” more information here...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Huell Howser memorial set for sunset at Griffith Observatory

The Orange County Register reports "Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge will host a public memorial Tuesday afternoon for longtime television personality Huell Howser at the Griffith Observatory. LaBonge invited friends and fans of the longtime host of KCET's "California's Gold" to gather at the landmark observatory at 3:30 p.m. for a sunset memorial. Howser died of natural causes at age 67 Jan. 7 at his Palm Springs home. The native Tennessean, who had been a feature reporter for television stations in Nashville, Tenn., and New York City before moving to Los Angeles, endeared himself to public television audiences, taking viewers on the road with him to explore little-known attractions across the state. His 'California's Gold' show ran for 19 years on KCET. 'Huell had a tremendous enthusiasm for California landmarks like the Griffith Observatory,' said LaBonge, who was sworn into office by Howser in 2001. 'And now we must say goodbye to our own California landmark, Huell Howser.' Howser was a U.S. Marine and an aide to former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker before starting his career in television. A shuttle to and from the observatory from the the Greek Theatre parking lot will be offered for overflow crowds, according to LaBonge's office. Sunset is at 5:07 p.m." . . And as a footnote, from OC Weekly in 2008: "The strangest part in my interview with Huell Howser this week was learning that the Transportation Corridor Authority tried to get his special on San Onofre State Beach delayed. I knew the TCA hated ol' Huell for his opposition to extending the 241 Toll Road through San Onofre State Park, further testimony that the TCA is the county's most-evil organization since the only people possible who'd rag on Huell are Nazis and Satanl, but to actually, actively try to fuck with Huell's scheduling? Not that we didn't believe Huell, but his claim was so outrageous that my jefe asked me to call the TCA to see what they had to say about it. TCA spokeshole Jennifer Seaton said they tried to rat out Huell to KCET-TV Channel 28 because they wanted to get 'their side of the story,' a strange position given Huell does specials on California treasures, not bloody freeways (at least, if they're not historic in some way). Seaton claimed they knew the San Onofre episode was going to be a 'one-sided look at the issue.' When I asked her how the TCA could have any idea about the content of an episode that hadn't even screened, Seaton responded by saying there was a "summary available' on Huell's website. Problem is, the summary gives no clue whatsoever about the show's content. . ."

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

EDISON SECURITY STUCK....

Fortunately The Big Kook (BK) is there to mock the situation.  

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Moon Phase