NRC: Diablo explosion was ‘catastrophic failure’

August 21, 2008

By KAREN VELIE

A senior official of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said today “an explosion” which occurred August 18 at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant was a life-threatening “catastrophic failure.”

No radioactive leaks were reported, however, at the South County facility.

“It was an explosion,” Michael Peck, an NRC senior resident inspector, told UncoveredSLO.com. “Had it happened during business hours, someone in the vicinity would have risked injury. The explosion propelled shrapnel into offices.”

NRC spokesperson Scott Burnell described the explosion as “energetic.”

“From a nuclear safety prospective, it was a minor event,” said Burnell. “From a man on the street prospective, it was a very energetic event. It is a good thing no one was injured.”

PG&E officials have described the incident as a “fire.”

Federal regulators confirmed the explosion shattered windows, blasted debris into administration building offices, and scorched the exterior of the service air building. A transformer exploded and burst into flames shortly before midnight. It took fire crews approximately 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

One of Diablo Canyon’s two reactors remains shut down. There was no danger of a radiation leak, both federal and PG&E officials agreed.

In their original reports to the NRC, PG&E officials at Diablo claimed no damage to other buildings had occurred.

“We filed it as a fire and originally reported no damage,” said PG&E spokesperson Sharon Gavin. “When we first filed, the fire was still going on.”

Gavin said the utility “is taking this as seriously as it should be taken. We are looking at steps to protect all of our people.”

When transformers fail, a reportedly common event, the oil used for coolant catches on fire, though under normal circumstances the transformer’s fire suppression system steps in.

“All transformers have fire suppression systems that work automatically,” Peck added. “One possibility is internal fault caused catastrophic failure like this.”

NRC officials are gathering information to make a determination into the cause of the event. Officials said a preliminary investigation into the incident will take about 30 days.

“First we determine what occurred and what may have contributed to the more energetic than usual event at the transformer,” Burnell said. “We determine if anything was done incorrectly. Then we determine a fine, or take action to enforce regulations.”


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Stefan

By: Anonymous on 8/26/08

The people in France don't want nuclear power either. But this is not about that. It is about being mislead by PG&E.

By: Anonymous on 8/26/08

It would appear that we have a n irrational individual on this blog. When this happens its best to ignore the person. People like this are obsessive and have a tendency to "slime" blogs.

By: Anonymous on 8/25/08

You got a full report but it wasn't what YOU wanted it to be, so you all ganged up on the woman and waterboarded her until you got the answer you wanted. Bottom line is you changed nothing, added nothing, you just flapped your gums in self righteous ego driven BS.

You have made the situation worse.

If you are that paranoid about the plant…move!

By: Anonymous on 8/25/08

Looking at some of these comments I'd say that there are a couple of people who post here without bothering to read the story. Some people just like to run off at the mouth I guess. This story isn't pro or con for nukes. Its a report about lack of a full report from PG&E. Thats. it, thats what the story is. Whats with these obtuse statements about liberals and anti nukes and pro nukes and attacks on people. The facts are the facts, live with it.

By: Anonymous on 8/25/08

One of the most liberal countries in the world…France gets 75% of their electricy from nuclear planmts and they are fine. They don't have those wives of rich SLO doctors with nothing to do running around suing for every lil thing. It's totally bogus, and that this site and congalton supports that crap weakens their credibilty.

$4.50 a gallon has got to stop. Will somebody tell the muthas 4 peice to go get a new hobby!

And on top of that the Govanator wants to raise sales taxes 1%. Just what we flipping need.

By: Anonymous on 8/25/08

Mothers for peacnicks are the reason our power cost are so high.Let's send the nuc waste to Reid at Yucca Mtn. In 10,000 years we will send it in a rocket to the sun.

By: Anonymous on 8/25/08

What a farce. Jane and the Mothers are all full of lies.

By: Anonymous on 8/25/08

Nuclear energy involves science and science is hard! Everyone run!

This was an industrial accident that could have happened at ANY type of powerplant. Why do these articles always emphasize that there is no risk of a radiation leak? This event had nothing to do with the nuclear side of the plant.

People need to stop acting so concerned. If this had happened at the Morro Bay power plant, no one would even know about it.

By: Anonymous on 8/25/08

We are healing from the massive explosion at Diablo!


Oh! The humanity!

By: Anonymous on 8/25/08

Wow! This site is so AWESOME, I don't know who we all able to exist without it. With guys like Bush, Hedges, O'malley and the like, we need a guilding light. So, adjust your tin hats to the left and live on! Graet job Dan and Karmen!

By: Anonymous on 8/24/08

What about the expense at start up and the 10,000 yrs. of waste? That's my major opposition. I am for utilizing everything that we have but other countries are making the switch to alternatives rather than nuclear. Norway used to sell hydro electricity to Denmark, Now we are buying wind power from them. Iceland is all thermal. I see nuclear going the way of the dodo, but it wouldn't be the first time I've been wrong. If they would have been straight from the beginning it would have been a lot less of a big deal IMO. And I think that Dave does a good job myself.


Stefan

By: Anonymous on 8/24/08

This is very disturbing news.


I am a proponent of nuclear energy but due to the inherent dangers associated with nuclear power there must be ample safeguards, checks and balances to assure maximum adherence to the rules of safety.


One of the obvious safeguards is a public information system that tells the complete truth and doesnt try to sugarcoat or downplay problems, particularly serious problems of the magnitude reported.


To a degree, it appears that we are dealing with a coverup and this cannot be tolerated. Whoever tried to do damage control by minimizing the seriousness of this event needs to be called on the carpet. If there are any punitive actions that are approprite and can be taken … let's roll !


PS: Where is the Tribune and other news media? Why is the only media that acts in the interest of the good people of SLO Co, Uncoveredslo.com?


If it were not for this website massively important stories would go unreported.


I'm done with the Tribunes happy news.


Keep up your good work Uncoveredslo. Tons of us appreciate it!

By: Anonymous on 8/24/08

are we still at it on this?

last time I checked the local nuke is still half shut down.


all I can say is I like norske, am an energy producer.

I have a small bookkeeping bill monthly, but other than that my solar 'farm' feeds into your grid. no charges for three years. I thank you all for paying your state taxes to subsidise the construction costs of this and the tax credit I got several years ago to do so as well. of course these pale in the face of how pge is subsidised…


in three years I have had no catastrophic failures, no transformer fires, and nothing but a few errant finches hitting my windows. a roof of solar panels is a lot better deal to me than el diablo and nuke rods.

By: Anonymous on 8/24/08

I had some Mexican food last night, it was a little bit of fire, and later turned into an explosion.

By: Anonymous on 8/24/08

I agree that not everyone can do it the way things are now, but I am not sure that everyone would not want to if they could. What is not to like about being totally off of the grid and being independent? I am not a total trogoldyte though. I do have a back up generator mainly because I have a really large reef tank that would not last long if things went south. But so far so good.

An earlier poster mentioned the way Germany is dealing with the problem. It's worth googling. They basically subsidize home owners with solar panels and the home owners pay the same amount as their utility bill was until it is paid off. It's a win win for everyone. The electric company does not have to build more nuclear plants. The home owner gets clean energy. And everyone is happy.

Be nice if that could happen here. I personally don't care for nuclear because I don't relish the thought of leaving my descendants with 10,000 yrs. of radioactivity. But I understand that there are those who are for it and that there needs to be compromises all around. Becoming less dependent on foreign oil is a good thing. Especially since we spend more on protecting it than what it costs in the first place. But to drill here, drill now is not the answer. Catchy phrase that doesn't mean much.

Unfortunately it looks like the alternative energy sources are going to be as corrupted as oil is. That is why I am for being independent.

Take the Carrizo Plains. Those projects should not go forward until all of the people in the area were as taken care of as possible. IMO. Peace

By: Anonymous on 8/24/08

Norske: That's great, good job, however not everyone can do, nor wants to do what you do. The "GRID" needs to be supplied by all sources available. Foreign energy dependance is killing our economy.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

It seems to me there is a correlation between the major lighting event of 8/15 and the transformer failure at the mother ship. Thousands of hits to the local transmission system and back feed to Diablo may have stressed blown transformer's phase "C" to levels that had never been planned for.


That thought is what scared me today while hearing the siren test.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

Maybe PG&E will pass out medical marijuana using people ripped off by EFI dressed in tee-shirts printed by Chitty with a face shot of Hedges on the front and the web site address on the bac


Stefan

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

No worries. We just have to make it affordable for everyone. Peace

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

to Norske: Ok, if true (and I have nothing to indicate otherwise), I tip my hat to you sir! I may have greatly underestimated you. I am sorry for any past snide remarks I made your way under the "perspective" posts. You rock! Peace and hope you can forgive and forget. Maybe I learned something important today.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

My computer, cars, house, pumps, everything is on solar and wind. Come out here any day around 1400 and the wind is as regular as the tide. There are lots of people around here who have similar setups.

And I would bet you dollars to donuts that my wimpy all electric car can run circles around anything you can get your hands on.

Solar is not exotic anymore.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

Norske:is your computer run on solar?

Doubt it.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

xlswede. My electric cars do just fine with wind and solar thank you.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

Wants Facts: Ok here are the facts. The FACT that one of the reactors was shut down following the FIRE, Explosion, Catastrophic Failure or whatever you want to call it was because the ELECTRICITY from the reactor / generator feeding the transformer had nowhere to go. The Transformer was not operational. If you have to fix a pipe you shut off the water. All the doomsdayers want to believe that the transformer explosion, fire, CATASTROPHE endangered the reactor. Just not true. The Chernobal operators were doing an "untested" test on the system, it got out of control. This simply does not happen in todays plants. Electric cars need ELECTRICICY.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

Poor Woman???? Give me a break. She's a highly paid, probably overpaid PR flak for PG&E who knew exactly what she was doing. She was uncomfortable, not because of Dave (who was only doing his job) but because she knew how STUPID she was sounding. It was like Bill Clinton denying sex with "that woman."


For people who supposedly despise Congalton, you ssure as hell listen to him a lot!

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

Congalton and all the pre set up calls from the Mother for peace tag teamed as they badgered and berated this poor woman. Itw as awful, my stomach was in a knot as I could hear in her voice shear panic. Jerry did what needed to be done. He put Dave in his place and got the callers to back off. They were like a pack of wolves and wouldn't stop attacking her until they got their "word"…explosion.

It was the worst show ever. I am going to write to that poor woman on Monday and tell her Dave doesn't represent but a small portion of SLO County. I hope she is ok.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

He was very supportive of the PR arm of Diablo. He was angry that Dave asked her a question that she failed to answer more than once. She did not want to call the explosion by any other name than a fire. Jerry said Congalton should allow her to dance around the truth because she supports nuclear energy. He claimed Congalton was not treating her with the respect he felt she deserved.


The point is this was not a show on support for or against nuclear energy, it was about being honest with the public.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

Dave, I guess you really have to have a thick skin to be in the business your in. Still, I don't see how you can put up with some of these less evolved types. Keep up the good work.


Stefan

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

I don't understand the hate and vitriol directed towards Dave. If you do not enjoy is show then don't listen. Easy. But why come on here and purposefully be hurtful. I guess there really is a difference between conservatives and liberals.

This is about PG&E and how they screwed up. Start your own blog if you want to spread hate speech.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

His contract with KVEC runs through the end of 2009. I'm sure he'll have the option to come back for as long as he wants.


I listen to KVEC religiously on weekdays. King. Rush. Sean. Dave. If you listen to the breaks on each show, you'll notice that Dave is the only one who doesn't have any public service announcements (PSA). That means the owners are making more $$$$ off his show than any of the others on the station.


Jerry from Arizona is an angry bigot. I thought he was a Christian, but no one in my church speaks like that.


Out to enjoy the sunshine.


By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

I only agree with Dave about 40% of the time. But he as a good heart and an open mind. I don't think that he is progressive enough. Some of you think he is too liberal. Just the way it is. If you don't like it then don't listen and get your own show. PG&E lied. If we are going to ave nuclear power at least lets be honest and safe.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

It will only be a matter of time before OSHA is breathing down their backs.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

I wonder how long it will take to find out what happened. It was clear that the shrapnel is not just ceramics.


I have a friend that works at the plant. Just because he works at an energy plant, should not mean he risks his life when he goes to work.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

Dave is always fair and balanced. He lets every caller on his show. For those of you who don't like him, you probably lost on a debate somewhere.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

I don't listen to talk radio to here Tribune fluff. I want controversy and debate. Thank you Dave.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

You loose all credibility when she agree lying is ok as long as it is done by those that have an agenda you agree with.


By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

You can spin this all you like but Jerry from AZ. lost as soon as he began crying about wackaloons. He was all over the place and Dave gave him much more time than A Limbaugh or O'Reilly would have.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

Don't you people understand? By criticizing our brave PG&E spokespeople, you're just emboldening the uranium atoms. Better that we fight them there, in Diablo Cove, than here, on Higuera St.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

Can someone give as brief report on the call from Jerry in Arizona? Sorry I missed the show, sounds like there was some action and controversy for a change.


Stefan

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

In today's Tribune


Jane Swanson


“The public needs to have confidence that the information that PG&E releases about accidents is timely and accurate,” she said. “In case of a future event that might present dangers to the public, only a high level of public confidence will assure that people respond appropriately and without panic.”


Nuclear power is an asset for United States. PG&E please don't lie to us again. Just tell us the truth. Unfortunately, Jane Swanson is coming across with more credibility.


By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

I found out about Uncovered SLO by listening to Congalton and I have a feeling most of you did, as well.


I work in the local nonprofit community (now there's a challenging job) and have been on Dave's show four or five times, always in the studio.


Let me tell you. If he's complaining about the equipment, there's a reason why. It's crap. Headphones cut in and out. Microphones don't work. I can see the frustration in Dave's face as he tries to get through a show. Many of the podcasts, as pointed out below, are barely audible. Management seems focused on their FM stations so KVEC gets low priority.


I have found Dave to be a bit disorganized (returning phone calls, etc), but he has never denied a request for air time and has been generous in promoting our events. I am constantly amazed how someone can navigate through all those different topics and hold it together.


Admittedly I share his political agenda on many issues so I'm not bothered by his left-leaning guests, a welcome relief from Hannity and Rushbo.


I did hear the last part of the Friday discussion on the way home. I have to be careful here because my organization takes money from PG&E, but I did find Ms. Gavin to be skirting the main questions.


By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

You can make this about Congelton is you want. You can beat up on that guy completely and also diss Mothers for Peace, but it doesn't change the basic premise of what happened.


There was an incident at Diablo Canyon.


The PR flak tried to call it a "fire" to downplay community reaction.


What really happened is far more serious than a fire and PG&E should know better.


Personally I flip the dial whenever I hear Wal Mart bashing or SM Bill (WHERE did you find that guy?) But I also give KVEC credit for some attempt at local programming. I couldn't do that job.


The Arizona guy was an idiot and he gives conservatives a bad name.


Stefan

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

The NRC calls it an explosion, but thats not good enough for you. Regardless of views, honesty is important. To some.


As for knocking Congalton because he doesn't know how to repair the stations equipment. Very lame.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

wow, a lot of people listen to dave that seem to seethe over it. hey, I even turn him off when santa maria loon comes on, but he does have all the local perspectives on. he is not neutral, but get past that, no one is.


good show yesterday with pge talking head. she tried to explain the time line, tried to explain fire v explosion. callers were good, except the loon from phoenix [good luck with your electric bill there in 10 years, dude].


I dunno…all I know is the inside of my phone book shows evac routes for my home, they are testing sirens today, and half the local nuke plant is shut down over a safety issue. drill all you want, we are stuck with this plant for a few billion years as a toxin in the community.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

Congalton is about as lame as his Walmart jabs and the “must be a Monday” refrain when something electronic doesn’t work in his studio. If he were a “professional,” he would know what to do when something doesn’t work (like a microphone) but due to lack of preparation and understanding he just grumbles, sighs, makes a lame comment like “this needs to be fixed” and waits for it to happen again. At every turn he has to name drop. “Award Winning Blog.” Ya right…. During his Diablo interview he reminded me of Bush a few years back harping on the nuclear threat just to get attention and instill fear…he kept harping on the meaning of the term “explosion” vice “fire” Yes Dave a transformed exploded, it happens when hot oil is trapped inside a vessel and overheated. The result is a fireball explosion. Just last week in Los Angeles one cooked off under a street and damaged a car…it happens in NY, Chicago and other metro areas where it is reported due to the higher threat of human injury. The real story is that the transformer was part of a subsystem that transforms and distributes the electricity outside the plant. Had it been inside the container domes…different story altogether. To try to sensationalize the story by using the words “explosion” and “Nuclear” is disingenuous at best and fueling unwarranted fear at worst. If we live our lives in fear, I suggest Dave do all his future programs from his bed. Gawd knows driving the 101 is like playing the devils lottery (when you hear his road reports). Oh ya, some of the Podcasts are bad…bad background noise on at least five of them, no sound for long periods of time on a couple, one where only the commercials are recorded and even the sound of a video game on one occasion….but have no fear, almost no one listens to them otherwise he would know this or maybe he just doesn’t care anyway. …an so it goes.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

People are even more stupid than I give them credit for. Right wing fascist hate radio is dominant because that is where the corporate money is. The corporate money that wants to keep the people dumbed down and follow their greedy message. Ever since Reagan and then Clinton did away with the fairness doctrine it has been all down hill.

Keep voting against your own interests. Real bright.

The Republican strategy has done great for the last 7 yrs. right?

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

The story of the Diablo fire made international news. It is sad that it wasn't the whole story, just PR spin.


I have primarily conservative views. I believe in complete honesty. And though I don't agree with many of Congalton's guests, I think he did an excellent job getting a PR spin doctor to answer a question.


Listen to the interview again. She dodged questions and was obviously agitated. When asked if it was a catastrophic event and an explosion she answered that the NRC had said that, however, she failed to directly answer the question.


This is an issue of public safety. I have always been pro nuclear. But due to PG&E's spin, not the explosion, I am reconsidering my stance. recons


Stefan

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

The Hooray is tongue in check I hope. "there is no success like failure" Bob Dylan


check out website

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

Liberals will never understand sound economic principles. Smedley said "dominance on the AM dial". That happens for one reason and one reason only. Adverisers are willing to pay to get their products and services into the ears of of the millions and millions of listeners.

This is still America where money talks and BS walks.

It is very clear that the kind of radically left slanted radio Congalton is providing has never made money in America (how many times has KVEC been sold?). But then they don't care. That's why they are off the air. Oh! did I just say that?

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

Thank god for the likes of Hannity, Levine, Medved, Limbaugh. Thank god for their total 'fair & balanced' dominance on the AM dial everywhere in California that I travel. They are responsible for our nation being so successful over the past eight years. Hoorah!

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

Fox news, Hannity, Levine, Limbaugh, ect, don't call themselves "Home Town radio".

SLO county is one of the most conservative counties in California. What Dave and his ilk are doing has disenfranchised more than 60% of the audiance. But we all know Congalton doesn't care as long as KVEC management gives him the bully pulpit 4 hours a day, and he gets to spew his radical left agenda. Like an earlier post metioned, maybe KVEC management will need to step in. With the few advertisers Congalton isn't covering all his costs. Maybe they can get through to him and his ego with some common sense.

Now, we could have easlity discussed this on his blog, but with only a handful of bloggers left (that should be his first hint) and the heavy censorship very little gets through.

I am surprised that most of these posts are still here since Karen & Dave are in the tank for each other. A very bad move on her part.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

Jerry lost it when he kept yelling wackanoons. Dave tried to keep him on point. Dave is about as neutral as a person could be. Air America is far more center than Fox News is towards the right. Not even close. There is Air America and what else against how many right wing hatchet jobs?

If this is how the extreme right reacts on a issue that shouldn't be partisan, It will be some site to listen to their reaction when Obama becomes president.

If the PG&E folks had just told the truth from the beginning the whole thing would be much less of an issue. They never learn.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

To to insomniac:

"It ain't "Home Town" anymore. It's Air America-SLO."


And that's a problem how?


Air Am is a nice break from the ditto heads and haters that the neocons have spawned and nutured in the last decade or so……I love the irony of the phrase "Fair and balanced" which somehow seems to escape them.


Anywho….PGE shouldn't have downplayed the event but I don't think getting hysterical about it particularly productive.


Bottomline….the plant is here, it is one of the best run plants in the country (precisely because there are watchdog groups keeping an eye on it ie MFP) and sometimes, events just happen…..it's called Risk vs Benefits Ratio.


Hopefully, PGE will be more forthcoming should anything happen in the future and if they don't, then no doubt, there will be someone to call them on it. I wish Corps would get that honesty is really the best policy instead of stonewalling but like my ma used to say: "if wishes were horses, then we'd all ride for free".


Stefan

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

Get some sleep pal. Many of us like Jerry and what he brings to an obvious radically left slanted show. Last night was the line in the sand. It ain't "Home Town" anymore. It's Air America-SLO.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

The caller was right. Congalton and his bevy of mothers for peace set up callers was badgering that poor women for 45 minutes when the caller put Congalton in his place. Few ever do but it has to be done. I always thought you should be neutral but all Congalton did was act as an official from MFP and try and harass her until she said the word "explosion". If he had water there I am sure he would have her on a board till she cried out. That was out of line. KVEC management needs to step in on this one.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

I missed the show. What did Jerry do that was so bad? Usually he just balances SM Bill, that Code Pink woman, and Michelle D.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

Dagna was totally out of line tonight. totally. Offensive. Abrasive. Insensitive. And wrong, but we're used to that with Jerry. He's one angry MF who has finally snapped.

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

Jerry Dagna for President!

By: Anonymous on 8/23/08

I heard the same interview tonight on KVEC and what struck me was how many different ways the PG&E flak tried to avoid a simpe question from Congleton. He asked what she would call the incident in her next press release, "A fire or an explosion."


She wouldn't answer. Amazing. PG&E didn't do themselves any good tonight no matter how some people try to spin this as being about Mothers for Peace. PG&E needs to be forthright in public disclosure.


By the way, the one caller tonight — Jerry from Arizona — was high on something, probably his own ego. What a nutjob.

By: Anonymous on 8/22/08

Congalton got his clock cleaned on the air tonight while he was badgering the spokesperson from Diablo Canyon.

Way to go caller! I agree 100%. These "mother's for peaceniks" need to go soak their heads.

By: Anonymous on 8/22/08

definitions:

Conservationist says "Trees are important"


Evironmentalist says "Trees are more important than people"


Fight back the hordes of these eco-marxists! Mankind first!

By: Anonymous on 8/22/08

Stupid is as stupid does

By: Anonymous on 8/22/08

Drill. Here. Now. I'm sick of these lefty loons who place the environment over human comfort. I want to be able to cheaply fuel my cars and trucks, and I really don't care how I get that fuel.


If I could figure out a way to turn spotted owls into gasoline, I would in a heartbeat.


MANKIND FIRST!


Stefan

By: Anonymous on 8/22/08

Funny how solar is working everywhere else but inside your minds. We and several friends went in together on solar and we haven't had a problem yet in 3 yrs. Germany expanded solar greatly at no more cost than a regular electric bill to 100's of thousands. Drill now is getting old besides not working. Wonder why those oil people don't drill on the millions of acres they have already. To make this a partisan issue is very weak.

By: Anonymous on 8/22/08

40 years of solar and not squat has been produced. It's like a science project your'd buy at Radio Shack for a 12 yr old. How many more decades do you need? Drill now…drill everywhere! Afterall 78% of Americans say that's what they want. And the last time I checked we still own this joint.

By: Anonymous on 8/22/08

And so would everyone else in the world if it actually worked. Unfortunately, its initial capital costs are prohibitive. It's unreliable, and the continuing maintenance costs make it completely untenable for any application other than an individual novelty.

By: Anonymous on 8/22/08

We have solar you fool.

By: Anonymous on 8/22/08

Jerry from AZ. With all due respect, you need help. This isn't the left vs the right. I'm for power from all sources but I want things to be honest.

By: Anonymous on 8/22/08

I hope you nuclear phobics don't use anything powered by electricity. That would make you quite the hypocrites, wouldn't it? Especially since you have absolutely no alternative methods to produce that electricity, do you?


Every industry has unforseen events. That's why they're called industrial accidents. Unlike other industries, however, nuclear power plants have never been the cause of even one death.


Chew on that.

By: Anonymous on 8/22/08

Sharon is back pedalling as fast as she can. Trying hard to stay away from the word explosion. It would be nice to see someone be honest for once and just come clean.

By: Anonymous on 8/22/08

Different strokes.

I think that Congalton is not progressive enough so I guess you can't please all the people all the time.

Stick to the facts. PG&E lied and they would still be lying if they could get away with it. Much like our current administration.

By: Anonymous on 8/22/08

I listened to Congalton last night. He did not say he was against nuclear energy or wanted the plant shut down. He wanted honesty from the plants officials. I am also a conservative and I want against hiding the truth from the public. Next time don't comment on a show you obviously did not listen to.

By: Anonymous on 8/22/08

Incredible how some twits try to divert this into anything except dealing with the facts. This has nothing to do with mothers, or code pink or liberals. A lying cover up about a potentially dangerous event. I'm as conservative as you can be but open your eyes. 10,000 years of radioactivity.