San Onofre Radwaste: Responses to Responses

Michael Steinberg

This article responds to comments made to Michael Steinberg’s February 22 post to San Diego Indymedia, “Radioactive Waste: The San Onofre File.”

Four people took the time to respond to my February post to San Diego Indymedia, “Radioactive Waste: The San Onofre File.”

I appreciate their interest in this subject and am responding to their comments.

Rinky’s comment is titled, “What’s your point?” His comment is actually a quote from an unidentified text by an unidentified author. The gist of it seems to be “fallout from wood ash ‘is a major source of radioactivity released into the environment,’ Faber says.”

Whoever Faber is. My point is that nuclear power plants are continually releasing radioactivity into the environment, increasing the burden of risk to our health. As such, they should not operate in a sane society.

And neither should other sources. But Rinky, what is your point?

The next commenter, Dan, asked for documentation of “a lot of claims” he claims I made in my article. He didn’t specify what these claims are, so I can’t answer him specifically.

However, as the article states, my source for the statistics included in it about San Onofre’s radioactive releases is San Onofre’s 2007 Radioactive Effluent Release Report, filed with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission ( You can find the document in the NRC’s Electronic Reading Room.

If you need help finding the document, you can contact the NRC. Or you can learn how to find this info at the Radiation and Public Health Project ( Also at the RPHP site you can find lots of peer reviewed studies and other documents about “low level” radiation and human health.

I’d also recommend seeking out the studies and books of Alice Stewart, John Gofman, Karl Morgan, Rosalie Bertell, Ernest Sternglass, Steven Wing, Jay Gould (of the RPHP) and Joseph Mangano to learn more about this subject.

Bjorn Cedervall of Stockholm wrote that my article “lacks perspective on risks" because it “contains no information about the released amounts of radioactivity and more important, realistic dose calculations to those most exposed.”

The information you refer to is in the 2007 report cited above. I chose not to include it because my well considered belief, developed through studying the works of the scientists listed above, and confirmed by the National Academy of Sciences 2005 study of this subject, is that there is no risk free dose of radiation, and therefore no amount of radioactivity, no matter how small, that does not have the potential to harm human life.

Richard Monson, the director of the NAS study, stated, “At low doses of radiation, the risk of inducing solid cancers is very small. As the overall exposure increases, so does the risk.”

And let’s remember that San Onofre has been operating, and releasing radiation into the environment, since 1970

I’m repeating Monson’s quote from my original article, since it appears it needs repeating. Because the paradigm Bjorn apparently is operating from, that there are acceptable limits below which radiation can’t cause harm, and that therefore there are acceptable doses, is obsolete.

As for Howard Long’s comment “Rad supplement is GOOD,” I’m not sure what you’re trying to say, or to sell, but the National Academy of Sciences 2005 report also found that there is no such thing as a beneficial dose of radiation. One needs to look no further than the tragic death of Madame Curie, who died of leukemia after routinely handling radium during her scientific research.

Finally, Dan wrote again to point out that EnergySolutions low level radwaste dump in Clive, Utah, is not near the Nevada Test Site, as I stated, indicating lack of “attention to detail.”

Dan is correct. My mistake, however, was typographical. When I located Clive on my map, I saw that it was very close to the Dugway Proving Ground, and within the same region as the adjacent Deseret Test Center and Wendover Range, all within the Great Salt Lake Desert.

All three military top secret facilities are or were on grounds that are closed to the public.

The Dugway Proving Ground is the US’s center for the testing the effects of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.

A 1994 Government Accountability Office report stated that between 1951 and 1969 “hundreds, perhaps thousands of open air tests using bacteria and viruses [including nerve gases] that cause disease in humans, animals and plants were conducted at Dugway…It is unknown how many people in the surrounding vicinity were exposed to potential harmful agents used in open air tests at Dugway.”

The Registry of Atmospheric Test Survivors ( “aims to expose and highlight problems of military personnel who participated in the atmospheric testing of chemical, biological and nuclear agents at Dugway” and other sites.

A 2003 report by Lee Davidson, an award winning journalist and Washington DC correspondent for the Deseret [UT] Morning News, stated “74 radiological ‘dirty bomb’ tests and the equivalent of eight intentional meldowns of small nuclear reactors,” were also carried out at Dugway.

Testing still goes on at Dugway, but now in closed chambers instead of in the open air.

The adjoining Desertet Test Center was established in 1962 and operated until 1973. The center planned and supported the tests carried out at Dugway, as well as at sites in Libya, Egypt, South Korea and Okinawa. The center’s existence and activities were kept secret until 2002.

The neighboring Wendover Range provided training and testing for the US’s first atomic bombs, “Little Boy” and “Fat Man”, which were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, causing apocalyptic death and damage.

And so these facilities, like the Nevada Test Site, have been key components in the US terror weapons complex.

Nuclear power plants are descendents of this terrorism network, because nuclear reactors first were used to make fuel for atomic bombs.

And today Iran and North Korea are labeled as terrorist states because they want to build their own nuke plants, while we’re told there’s nothing to fear from “ours.”

As for San Onofre’s radwaste, one can only judge it by the company it keeps—or pays.

And so its radioactive waste, sitting in EnergySolutions nuke dump, far from LaJolla and Camp Pendleton, but near Dugway and its associated hushhush terror facilities, is part and parcel of the same secrecy and deception, denial and destruction, that terror masters employ to perpetuate a world of never ending war.