The Orange County Register reported earlier today:
Residents worried about leaks from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station asked San Clemente’s elected leaders Tuesday night to have sensors installed around town to monitor radiation levels.
“We believe with recent events at the San Onofre Waste-Generating Station that it is necessary for the citizens’ safety and well-being to have a monitoring system,” San Clemente resident Gene Stone told the City Council.
He and others appeared before the council a week after the nuclear plant reported a Jan. 31 radiation leak that Southern California Edison said was tiny but prompted the utility company to shut down one of the reactors.
Stone said an independent monitoring system would provide radiation readings so residents could tell how safe the atmosphere was at any given time. He also called for a study to identify cancer and leukemia risks in San Clemente, which is just over two miles up the coast from the nuclear plant’s two reactors.
Stone and others commented on the Jan. 31 leak from the Unit 3 reactor and a Jan. 27 incident in the other reactor, Unit 2, in which a contract worker fell into a pool of water. That reactor was already shut down for scheduled two-month maintenance, refueling and a technology upgrade, Edison said.
The reactor that experienced the leak remains in what Edison called “a safe shutdown mode” while Edison assesses the issue.
The environmental group San Clemente Green made a three-part request – independent monitoring, an epidemiology study on cancer risks, and city participation in a “Fukushima Remembered” commemoration March 10, a year after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami triggered a nuclear-plant crisis in Japan.