Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. John Shimkus talk with workers at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station on Friday, Feb. 10. (Photo courtesy of Rep. Darrell Issa)

Rep. Darrell Issa pushing to get San Onofre nuclear waste off beach, away from people

Rep. Darrell Issa pushing to get San Onofre nuclear waste off beach, away from people

By Teri Sforza | OCRegister.com

As white mist blew in off a steel-gray ocean, Rep. Darrell Issa led one of his Congressional colleagues to the tomb where millions of pounds of nuclear waste will soon be buried, just yards from roiling waves breaking on shore.

“He got to see how close the beach is to the edge of the facility. And we made the case that San Onofre should be, if not the first one to have its nuclear waste taken out, then one of the first,” said Issa, R-Vista, on Friday.

“The worst place to have these spent rods is on a site near a populated area, the ocean, earthquake faults, railroad tracks and Interstate 5,” he added. “I believe almost anyplace would be better than where they are.”

About 8 million people in Southern California live within 50 miles of the shuttered San Onofre reactors, which generated radioactive waste for some 40 years. The federal government is contractually required to dispose of this waste, but has been paralyzed over what to do with it for decades. …read more…