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San Onofre Nuclear Plant Community Engagement Panel Meeting

What

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant Community Engagement Panel Meeting

Where

Laguna Hills Community Center
25555 Alicia Pkwy
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Map: 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

When

April 22, 2018
Time: 5;30 PM – 8:3:00 PM
(Staffed information booths open from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

Why

This panel is responsible for public dialog about the decommissioning process of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant (aka SONGS). The panel’s charter states:

“The SONGS Community Engagement Panel (CEP) is convened by the SONGS Coowners as a volunteer, non-regulatory body to enhance and foster open communication, public involvement and education on SONGS decommissioning activities.”

Local civic and environmental groups are seeking to deploy an independent, crowd-sourced realtime radiation monitoring system in the area around the San Onofre plant. At this meeting of the Community Engagement Panel, March 22, 2018, members of the public will present a proposal seeking support for the SAFECAST system. On the 7th Anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, groups are offering Southern California Edison (the plant owner and operator) a SAFECAST radiation monitor for the San Onofre facility that will monitor 24/7/365 and will be live-streamed in the public domain for all to see.

Local environmental groups are already working together in conjunction with SAFECAST to do a baseline study of radiation readings in the surrounding communities.

Safecast is an international, volunteer-centered organization devoted to open citizen science for the environment. After the devastating earthquake and tsunami which struck eastern Japan on March 11, 2011, and the subsequent meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, accurate and trustworthy radiation information was publicly unavailable. Safecast was formed in response, and quickly began monitoring, collecting, and openly sharing information on environmental radiation and other pollutants, growing quickly in size, scope, and geographical reach. Our mission is to provide citizens worldwide with the tools they need to inform themselves by gathering and sharing accurate environmental data in an open and participatory fashion. To read more about Safecast to go https://blog.safecast.org/about/ to read about Safecast history go to https://blog.safecast.org/history/. Safecast data map: https://map.safecast.org

The Story of Safecast

A 3-minute documentary.

Photo By Don Ramey Logan – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39458324

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Ross Teasley

A long-time Dana Pointer, technologist and publisher, I have been involved in several initiatives around Dana Point over the years ranging from environmental issues to civic planning. (My 8th grade civics teacher would be so proud.) Fueled by coffee.

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