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The Safe Energy Project

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San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant to Permanently Close

Groups including World Business Academy’s Safe Energy Project successfully lobby for closure

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A major goal of the World Business Academy’s Safe Energy Project has been achieved – Southern California Edison (SCE) has finally given in to public and regulatory pressure and decided to permanently close the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).

“Looking ahead,” said Ron Litzinger, SCE’s President, “we think that our decision to retire the units will eliminate uncertainty and facilitate orderly planning for California’s energy future.”

This decision comes after years of pressure from public interest organizations such as The Utility Reform Network, Friends of the Earth, and Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility, which have been demanding real oversight from regulators. The World Business Academy recently joined this effort as an intervener in hearings before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to make the business case on the economic risks of SONGS both to ratepayers and to the economy of California.

Despite today’s SCE announcement, our work continues. Dr. Jerry Brown, Director of the Academy Safe Energy Project states: “The World Business Academy has argued before the California Public Utilities Commission that the $1.2 billion in costs of the SONGS steam generator replacement, breakdown and power outage should not be passed on to SCE customers.” We will continue to pursue a consumer refund.

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The Safe Energy Project is an initiative of the World Business Academy’s continuing efforts since 1997 to monitor and report on the carcinogenic health effects of the “normal operations” of America’s l04 nuclear power plants.

The Project’s goals are straightforward and achievable: to permanently close California’s two remaining nuclear power plants and replace them with renewable energy, thereby reducing the risk of cancer for people living nearby. Hopefully, this will be the “shot heard round the world” that will proclaim the beginning of the end of nuclear power.

We started with the last two operating reactors in California:

San Onofre, which has been shut down since January 2012 due to releases of radioactivity into the environment, and was just permanently shut down, with the news released on June 8, 2013!

Diablo Canyon, which is located on the coast near two major earthquake faults, exposing Californians to the risk of a Fukushima-type accident

The public health benefits of this Project are compelling. The accidental and federally permitted releases of radioactivity by these nuclear power plants have contributed to increased illness and death, especially from breast, prostate and childhood cancer among people living within 100 miles. Radioactive Strontium-90 emitted by U.S. reactor operations has now exceeded the levels of Sr-90 found in 1963, at the height of atmospheric bomb testing during the Cold War − when President Kennedy signed the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

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