Environment group says, "Give 'em hell!"
Do you recall, just last week, when I wondered out loud about Surfrider’s relative silence on the “burying nuclear waste in the sands of San Onofre” issue?
Of course you do!
And this shoot first, question later is the BeachGrit way. Not only do we get a fun debate out the gate, we also maybe get an informed response later. The Surfrider Foundation reached out to me on multiple fronts. Never before had I experienced such activism and it made me think, “Well hell. Good on ’em!” Also, “Thank God I’m not a congressman!”
The story I posted gently prodded the environmental group for pushing the oceanfront-nuclear-waste issue deep down in their website and off their California initiatives. Doesn’t the possibility of radiated surf from Tijuana to Seal Beach seem… well… like the worst thing ever?
And Surfrider’s CEO, Chad Nelson, says, “Yes!” He has been at the helm for two years but before that was in Surfrider’s science policy department for sixteen. I called him up yesterday afternoon and we had a very fine conversation about nuclear waste at San Onofre and Surfrider’s position on the matter.
They don’t want it!
He told me that while Surfrider cares very much about what appears front and center on their website, the real, concerted push is at the national level.
I totally get with Fukushima and all that why this issue totally freaks people out. It freaks me out. And San Clemente’s city government doesn’t want the waste there, on site, either. The problem is, there is no national storage facility for nuclear waste. Every single nuclear plant that has been decommissioned is storing its nuclear waste on site. It is definitely not ideal that it is being stored at the plant but, for now, there is no other option. Surfrider is very focused on the national picture, lobbying the federal government in order to establish a storage facility for this waste. Those are the two most important things. One, find a place. Two, make them take it there.
He then encouraged anyone who cares about this issue, and lives locally, to call his/her congressperson and raise hell. Or maybe not raise hell but… “build critical mass.”
You can read more about Surfrider’s position and actions here.
And, generally, about the issue here.
And aren’t you happy that you’re not a congressman too? Or wait. Are you one?