Activist wants hearing on nuke plant licensing

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SAN DIEGO – Citizens’ Oversight Project activist Raymond Lutz asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Wednesday to hold a formal hearing on changes to Southern California Edison’s license for the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant.

Before a panel of lawyers and board members at the NRC headquarters in Maryland, Lutz appeared via video conference and argued the changes to the frequency of hundreds of inspections would keep the public out of the loop.

“Edison wants to try to keep hearings from happening and that makes it so the public cannot watch them,” said Lutz.  “They want to run the plant the way they want.”

Lawyers from the NRC staff and Edison argued against a hearing.  They said Lutz missed the deadline to file and they also argued Lutz has no right to demand a hearing because he doesn’t live near the plant.

Watchdog warns US nuclear plant over mystery glitch“Citizens’ Oversight has not provided any affidavits from those who live within 15 minutes of the plant,” said Edison’s attorney Steven Frantz.

Edison’s attorney also argued the change was meant to give Edison more flexibility in order to run the plant more efficiently.  Lutz disagrees.

“But this means the NRC doesn’t get reports if they change it and the NRC doesn’t get to regulate,” said Lutz

The NRC board is expected to make a decision in January whether to grant a full hearing on the changes.


  • Joe Holtzman

    I live within 18 miles of SONGS and agree totally with Mr Lutz. Edison has a horrible safety record at this facility.

  • Ray Lutz

    We provided a list of COPS members who live within the distance of the plant, and their limit saying we can have no interest in the plant is a bit ridiculous. We submitted in our response references to a study that shows that San Diegans would even be put at risk by a Fukushima-like event at the Diablo Canyon plant, which is 225 miles away. Martha Sullivan, who lives much closer to the plant than I do, was present in the hearing.

  • Auntie Nuke

    Gratitude to Fox for doing a great job of getting Ray's — and so many of ours — point of view out to the public.

  • Madge Torres

    Nuclear energy can be horrific in an accident. The job of the NRC and Edison is to make sure we are as safe as possible. Their lawyers were very resistant to accepting this responsibility at the hearing. Quibbles should not determine the quality of ongoing and upcoming safety reviews. Safety is the only issue. Our children's future depends on us doing the right thing now.

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