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Anti-Nuke Group Slams San Onofre with CNN, MSNBC Ad

The national Friends of the Earth anti-nuclear organization will run the TV commercial; Friends has partnered with local anti-nuclear groups in past efforts to shut down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

A commercial slamming the safety record at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will air on CNN and MSNBC this week.

(See the attached video.)

The commercial is paid for by national anti-nuclear group Friends of the Earth, which has partnered with local San Clemente Green and Residents Organized for a Safe Environment over the last year in their efforts to shutter the San Onofre plant.

San Clemente Green head Gary Headrick announced the commercial at the San Clemente City Council meeting Tuesday.

He also said that his group was starting a grassroots radiation monitoring network in San Clemente using a Geiger counter device that attaches to iPhones and uploads the information to the groups' anti-San Onofre website.

The groups have been clamoring for real-time radiation data from the San Onofre plant--data from about 60 monitors around San Clemente and the plant is now published once a year by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Jen Tucker, San Clemente's emergency planner, ; cell phone signals and people who recently had medical X-rays can throw them off.

Precise monitoring requires technicians to collect air and water samples trapped in montiors, and then test the samples in a lab to determine the nature of the radioactive particles and where they originated, he said.

Additionally, there is a low level of background radiation all over the earth at any given time.

Still, Headrick pointed out that the more iPhone monitors joined the network, the more accurate the picture of actual radiation levels across the city would be.

Currently, there are only two devices hooked into the anti-nuclear group's website.

Michael Short April 04, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Few people know that their bodies are radioactive and that almost every food they eat contains radioactive material !!!
Gene April 04, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Try testing a banana or the little bags that go on your Coleman lanterns. You meter will go crazier than the people testing them.
Just the Facts April 05, 2012 at 10:43 AM
How dumb are people who compare the harmless radiation in bananas which the human body has evolved to handle VERSUS dangerous man-made radiation created only through nuclear fission and which can cause terrible cancers and health effects. Nuclear radiation is highly dangerous to life. Radiation from bananas is not.
Michael Short April 05, 2012 at 01:43 PM
"Just the Facts" comment is just not true ! Radiation is radiation -- where it comes from is immaterial.
Ann Harris April 05, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Yeah, but that is radiation that we have no choice in receiving. We can choose whether or not to have radioactive sites near us, or not. And the level you are discussing does not show on rad monitors as one would suspect. Read on in that book and see where it talks about natural levels of radiation versus man made level. Ann
Ann Harris April 05, 2012 at 06:10 PM
keep reading Michael. The levels of exposure and the length of exposure is what matters. One does not sit out in the sun or eat bananas only diet 24 /7 The level of exposure and the strength of that exposure is what is important. Children are at the most danger because they have not developed totally. Those workers that stayed in the nuke facilities are in trouble later in life. And think about all the retirees in this nation that live within the danger zone of a nuke site. The exposures are limitless. Read what the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says about radiation exposure on its web site: "there is no safe level of radiation exposure", and from the boys that are supposed to be protecting you from such exposure.

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