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The Judge Goes Out Of Control-Protesters Demand Shut Down San Onofre Nuke Plant Now!
by United Public Workers For Action UPWA
Wednesday Jan 9th, 2013 6:03 AM
At a California Public Utilities Commission Hearing on January 8, 2012, an administrative judge went out of control in getting off the bench and seeking to grab an anti-nuke banner after the hearing had already been adjourned. The activists and protesters were demanding the immediate ending of forcing California rate payers to pay for the broken down San Onofre nuclear plant and also stopping the cover-up of documents by the plant operator Southern California Edison which through the chair of the Commission Michael Peevey has operated with impunity.
The Judge Goes Out Of Control-Protesters Demand Shut Down San Onofre Nuke Plant Now!
At an administrative hearing on January 8, 2012 of the California Public Utility Commission on the multi-million dollars costs at the broken down San Onofre nuclear power plant run by Southern California Edison, Administrative Judge Melanie M. Darling rushed off the bench and grabbed a banner against nuclear power. The judge previously had allowed the Southern California Edison bosses to continue forcing rate payers and the public to pay for the broken nuclear plant and also allowed SCE to possibly seal information about the dangerous nuclear plant from the public and stall turning in the information to the hearing.
The judge adjourned the meeting and charged into the hearing room to grab the banner that was already being taken down. She said that she would not allow the hearing to turn into a a "shoutfest". The lights were also turned off by the staff to prevent any documentary coverage of the altercation.
The chair of the California Public Utilities Commission is former Southern California Edison CEO Michael Peevey who has a record of corruption and kickbacks from the utilities and is kept in office by pro-utlility governor Jerry Brown who appoints the Commissioners who are supposed to protect the people of California and do oversight of the utilities including Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric. Peevey has done damage control for these criminal operators who have killed dozens of people and contaminated thousands of people in Northern and Southern California.
The anti-nuclear activists later had a press conference on the steps of the California State Building in San Francisco and pledged to build bigger support to shutdown the dangerous nuclear plant.
Southern California Edison SCE and Pacifica Gas and Electric Company PG&E have also retaliated against nuclear whistleblowers by firing them and illegally preventing from working in the utility industry. This felony criminal conspiracy to target the nuclear inspectors and whistleblowers at nuclear plants and in the nuclear industry has been covered up by the Nuclear Regulatory Agency and CPUC which do oversight on the utilities.
The protest and press conference was organized by a coalition of groups including No Nukes Action Committee, Womens Energy Matters, Occupy San Francisco, Nuclear Free California, Eon, United Public Workers For Action and Coalition to Decommission San Onofre.
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§Shutdown Nukes Banner
by United Public Workers For Action UPWA Wednesday Jan 9th, 2013 6:03 AM
Anti-nuke activists put up the banner in front of the hearing at the California Public Utilities Commission
§Not One Penny More
by United Public Workers For Action UPWA Wednesday Jan 9th, 2013 6:03 AM
A speaker from the Coalition To Decommission San Onofre with poster "Not One Penny More"
§Occupy SF Attends Press Conference
by United Public Workers For Action UPWA Wednesday Jan 9th, 2013 6:03 AM
Occupy SF Beth spoke at the press conference at the CPC administrative hearing
§No Nukes Action Speaker
by United Public Workers For Action UPWA Wednesday Jan 9th, 2013 6:03 AM
A speaker from the No Nukes Action Committee spoke against the continued operation of the San Onofre nuclear plant and the danger of a similar meltdown at other nuclear plants in the US including San Onofre if it is opened.
§Southern California Edison Lawyer
by United Public Workers For Action UPWA Wednesday Jan 9th, 2013 6:03 AM
Southern California Edison SCE lawyer successfully argued that he did not have to turn over "confidential" documents to the CPUC hearing immediately and the judge allowed the SCE to continue to collect electricity rates from the broken down nuclear plant at San Onofre despite the fact that it has been shut down due to broken pipes and design flaws for over a year.

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Wednesday Jan 9th, 2013 6:26 AM
This is a picture of the CPUC administrative judge Melanie M. Darling who left the bench and tried to pull down the banner against nuclear power.
Customers have paid more than $1 billion for idle San Onofre plant
January 8, 2013 | 8:29 pm

The California Public Utilities Commission held an initial meeting Tuesday in an investigative process that could eventually result in ratepayers getting a refund for a portion of the bills they have paid during the San Onofre nuclear plant's year-long outage.

The plant has been out of service since last January, when a steam generator tube leaked a small amount of radioactive steam, leading to the discovery of unusual wear on many more tubes in the newly replaced steam generators.

The investigation will look at the costs incurred in the outage and at the potential cost to ratepayers from repairs as well as scenarios in which one or both of the plant's reactors never come back online.

Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric customers are paying more than $1.1 billion a year in costs related to the troubled plant, according to the commission.

The commission voted to launch its investigation in October. Tuesday's meeting was focused on the timeline of the investigation.

Even that is a contentious issue. Plant operator Southern California Edison argued in filings with the commission that any decision on refunding rates to customers should be consolidated with the company's next general rate case, which will not be heard until mid-2014.

Ratepayer advocates argued that rates should be refunded much sooner. John Geesman, an attorney with the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility, said he thought the commission should be able to reach a decision on that aspect of the investigation within the first three months of 2013.

No decision on the timing issue was made at Tuesday's meeting, but PUC spokesman Andrew Kotch said the investigation will probably be broken into four stages, with the first phase focusing on expenses incurred at the plant in 2012. That phase will probably take about six months.

As part of the process, the commission will hold a public hearing in Costa Mesa on Feb. 21, where members of the public will be able to weigh in on costs of the outage and potential refunds.

-- Abby Sewell