Over 8 Million Californians Live Within 50 Mi. Of Stored Radioactive Waste 1

Over 8 Million Californians Live Within 50 Mi. Of Stored Radioactive Waste


There are over 3 million pounds of nuclear waste stored just 100 feet away from a beach at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Congressman Mike Levin (D-CA), who represents San Onofre, joins Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss the environmental and human impact the radioactive waste has on the millions of people who live nearby. Rep. Levin says that he wants to prioritize moving the waste from high-risk areas like San Onofre.
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  1. Judge Beckoff should be able to make a better choice than the other judge – “The Great Earthquake of Earthquake Bay.”

  2. “Technological fixes are not always undesirable or inadequate, but there is a danger that what is addressed is not the real problem but the problem in as far as it is amendable to technical solutions.”
    Engineering and the Problem of Moral Overload
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    “Responsibility is a unique concept… You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished. You may delegate it, but it is still with you… If responsibility is rightfully yours, no evasion, or ignorance or passing the blame can shift the burden to someone else. Unless you can point your finger at the man who is responsible when something goes wrong, then you have never had anyone really responsible.”
    ― Admiral H.G. Rickover

    1. They don’t care huh, is that why it’s all in the blue states? You’re not making any sense.

  3. Hey folks , do not forget about the leaking tanks sitting on the bank of the Columbia River at the abandoned site of Hanford . Just as dangerous .

    1. Agreed it’s just as bad, or worse, environmentally, but not as dangerous to as many people, and definitely not as much of a national security risk.

    2. Like the leaking barrels in Idaho that they are still cleaning up that leaked onto a aquifer yah even in Idaho we had leaking barrels and they want to build another nuclear power plant instead of using updated green energy. Politicians are literally destroying America and the life on its Continent when they should be conserving this land! Incompetents is literally driving America into self destruction and it’s bs and sad because I know it doesn’t have to be this way nor should it ever have been this way. Human beings are the problem and human beings are the solution period

    3. And they even knew the storage tanks would only last about 20 years when they built, buried, and filled the tanks.

  4. Why are people walking so close to that plant and just swimming in the water like the radioactive plant is not even there?…

    1. @wade stanton I don’t live anywhere near that state and there are zero nuclear plants where I’m from, so California can keep its toxic mess and the insane residents that don’t mind bathing in radiation with it!…. Period!….

    2. @AAA The residents are not insane, they have been socially engineered to accept, by the NRC

  5. I left in california in 92 and moved to one of the heaviest polluted states in the country, Louisiana. You can’t win.

  6. Always good to see money make stupid decisions rather than someone that is aware that there are better places to build a nuclear plant

  7. I’m old enough to remember the protests when this thing was built. The elected elite weren’t listening then and aren’t around now to have to deal with the results of their actions.

    1. Yes. I can imagine. I live in So Cal, and passed it many times. It’s right where you would not expect, right on the coast. An eye soar (to say the least). But, the US has all kinds of environmental dangers, like the Berkeley Pit , in Butte MT. I was shocked to see, and learn about this recently. Such a shame, and a hazard.

  8. This is so laughable. California is so afraid of its own shadow. All the more reason to build reactors that will use that waste as fuel and secure California with the eco- friendly electricity it craves

  9. Seems like passing a major infrastructure bill might be a good solution to fund fixing this issue, no?

  10. Sounds about right. Our forefathers pretty much did whatever they wanted and left future generations to sort out their mess…

  11. GOP states will love that business of stocking radioactivity. Just tell em its a Democrat invention,, no such thing as radiation

  12. That explains why every warning label says “known to cause cancer in the state of California”. Makes sense now.

  13. That radioactive wast can be used as fuel in molten salt reactors . The byproducts are much less radioactive.

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