Re: Ray Golden, Southern California Edison (comments on his comments heard on 10 News tonight (October 23rd, 2001))

From: "Russell D. Hoffman" <>
Subject: Re: Your comments heard on 10 News tonight (October 23rd, 2001)
Cc:, California Senators

To: Ray Golden, Communications Manager, San Onofre Nuclear (Waste) Generating Station
From: Russell D. Hoffman, Concerned Citizen,  Carlsbad, CA
Re: Your comments heard on 10 News tonight (October 23rd, 2001) (this is a resend; the exact wording of your quote has been checked against the tape and minor adjustments made accordingly)

Mr. Golden,

On San Diego's 10 News TV tonight, in a report by Maya Nishikawa, you made the following claim in regards to the possibility of San Onofre having a major radiological release, because of all the redundant backup systems at the plant:

"It would be like sitting at the Rose Bowl and getting hit by a meteorite not once but twice in the same football game."

Now, that sounds to me, a lot like the hyperbole you offered the media on September 11th, 2001, about how safe the plants were from airplane strikes, which is now well-documented to be utterly inaccurate.

As it turns out, I've tried for some time to ascertain the actual probabilities of San Onofre actually getting struck by an asteroid or meteorite or other piece of space debris.  I thought it was something that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ignored as being beyond the "design basis".  Personally, I think it was ignored simply because they didn't like the consequences, since the entire contents of your plant could be vaporized into small particles, which would probably kill the entire planet, or at least all of Southern California -- well beyond the 10-mile limit your sirens go out to.

But regardless of whether the NRC has calculated that particular risk, obviously, from your comment, you have.  And I KNOW I've heard you say time and again that you are willing to help local citizens understand the risks that San Onofre presents to us -- after all, that's why I have your business card in front of me, which you gave me last June when I visited the plant.

So  I wish to see this data you obviously must have, in order to honestly make the claims you've just made on local television.

I would appreciate your response as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance.


Russell D. Hoffman
Concerned Citizen
Carlsbad, CA

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