Updates: August 2019

SLF on Tour with Patagonia:

Meeting Senator Atkins’ Staff

Thanks so much to Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins for understanding the urgency of nuclear waste storage issues at San Onofre.

On Aug. 8, the Senator’s policy director, Deanna Spehn, discussed those issues with staff from Samuel Lawrence Foundation and Patagonia. While federal authorities preempt those of state government on nuclear safety, Deanna noted the importance of contacting California’s Governor, Attorney General and Public Utilities Commission. Those will be our next calls.

During our meeting, we recapped the Patagonia Surf Activism Tour and the passion we picked up from people up and down California about improved storage of nuclear waste.

Deanna gets it and so does her boss. We look forward to further collaboration.

Patagonia Surf Activism Tour

The Samuel Lawrence Foundation was thrilled to participate as the first-ever nonprofit partner to join Patagonia on its Surf Activism Tour.

During stops in Santa Cruz, Ventura and Cardiff-by-the-Sea, we engaged nearly 1,000 people. Many of them signed a Fletcher Chouinard Designs surfboard to demonstrate their commitment to advancing safe storage of nuclear waste.

Thanks also to Patagonia staff for sharing information from this important one-pager: What’s the Deal with Nuclear Waste?

Aug. 20: San Onofre town hall

Please join us on Aug. 20 for a very important meeting.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is hosting a town hall meeting on spent fuel loading operations and oversight activities at San Onofre from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino del Avion.

Regulators will take questions and comments. Let’s show our solidarity and determination to protect the water, air and land we share.

One year after near miss,

waste transfer resumes


One year after a near-accident that could have been catastrophic, the transfer of San Onofre’s highly-radioactive waste into dry storage has resumed. We’re not happy about that. To make matters worse, one of our trusted local newspapers told only the utility’s side of the story. We cried foul.

Good on The Coast News for promptly printing our letter.

And good on you for keeping informed and engaged on this issue. As we say in our letter, the beach is no place to store 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste.