The battle for San Clemente rages on!
While San Clemente locals appear unfazed by recent happenings in the shark world, they remain deeply concerned about another threat to their ocean and community.
“Better to be active today than radioactive tomorrow,” is how Gary Headrick opened a recent newsletter to members of San Clemente Green, a local environmental initiative.
Headrick is referring to the issue of 3.6 million pound of nuclear waste (from the titular power plant just south of Trestles) set to be buried yards from the San Clemente shoreline. This, Headrick fears, is a major risk to the local environment and society.
According to the WSL, the group has five goals:
1) Stop the work in progress.
2) Get an independent panel of nuclear experts to advise on the best way forward.
3) Take the necessary steps to make us as safe as possible while the waste is here.
4) Make sure that waste can be safely transported and stored at a suitable location.
5) Get it the heck out of here as soon and as safely as possible.
Local surfer Tanner Gudauskas has joined this crusade by taking a stand on his Instagram.
TRESTLES NEEDS YOUR HELP AGAIN!!! 🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣 APRIL 14th San Diego’s central courthouse at 2:00 pm there will be a hearing to possibly rescind the permit issued to store nuclear waste at the shuttered san onofre generating station in san clemente. This is our time to voice our opinions and not let 3.6 MILLION pounds of nuclear waste be stored a stones throw from lowers and Sano. I’m going to put a link in my bio please feel free to read and get in the know. Tag a friend who can come to the hearing or just to spread the word. So many of us surfers enjoy trestles and san onofre as our sanctuary it is our duty to create awareness that they are going to bury nuclear waste on our beaches. 👂🏻👂🏻👂🏻🗣🗣🙌🏻
And the prospect of facing a hometown Fukushima is truly terrifying. But you know what’s maybe scarier than a nuclear disaster, at least on a session-to-session basis? Sharks!
And uh, San Clem is teeming.
You know your shark problem is serious when the Floridians are worried! Especially EG — that guy lives in the shark bite capital of the world and is basically a fish whisperer.
This apparent bloodfeud begs the question: with sharks and radiation vying for the apex predator position, but who will command San Clemente’s seas? Radiation has a momentary advantage but another attack may just turn the scale. Stay tuned for updates!