In the two weeks since a worker at the San Onofre nuclear plant blew the whistle on a serious near-miss accident, Southern California Edison, the company that operates the facility (stock symbols: SCE-E and EIX), has halted work on moving the toxic fuel from cooling pools to new dry-storage silos in the ground near the world-famous San Onofre beach. A massive, 100-ton canister filled with deadly nuclear waste accidentally snagged on a small metal ledge as it was being lowered into its silo and remained perched in the air with no rigging to restrain it, unnoticed by the crane operators. The canister could have fallen 18 feet to concrete floor. Known by some as “Chernobyl in a Can,” the canister contains as much radiation as was released during the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe in 1986. This is the second such halt this year. In March of 2018, loose bolts were discovered inside a canister that was about to be loaded with the toxic fuel. Southern California Edison (SCE) halted work for 10 days in March before resuming with an older canister design that did not use such bolts.

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Published: 31 August 2018