Inside sources from San Onofre give Team 10 more info on plant shutdown

Internal email, possible investigations discussed

SAN DIEGO - One of Team 10's inside sources from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station said he is relieved the plant will be decommissioned.

"With the two units shut down for good, I don't see a safety problem anymore," said the source, who has worked with Team 10 for months and has requested anonymity because he fears for his safety.

Another long-time source inside the plant gave Team 10 the internal email sent to staff before the shut down announcement.

The email is written by San Onofre's Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer, Pete Dietrich.

"I recognize how difficult this news is for everyone," Dietrich wrote. He mentions a "briefing to inform the financial community and the media of our decision." A short time after this email was released, the media found out about the shutdown.

Dietrich also reminded staff, "We must continue to meet (NRC) License requirements."

For months, Team 10 sources have shared inside information, including a picture of how San Onofre fixed a leaky industrial pipe with tape, broomsticks and plastic.

One insider gave Team 10 video of a Star Trek parody, which was shot in the training simulator and featured senior managers.

Now the same sources point to what they say is the real motivation behind the shut down.

"This is all about money, all about making money," said one source. "There is a lot of information that is not being told to the employees, to the public and its only a matter of time.  I'm sure there will be a lot of legal inquries and the truth will eventually come out."

Other Team 10 sources confirm there likely will be hearings to find out how public money was spent, how the plant was regulated and whether San Onofre's quest for profits clouded its judgment on equipment that ultimately failed.

Below is Pete Dietrich's email:

To: SONGS Employees and Supplemental Workers

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you SCE's decision to permanently retire both Units 2 and 3. I recognize this difficult announcement is something none of us wanted to hear, but our decision is absolutely the right thing to do.

The tough reality is that the recent Atomic Safety and Licensing Board decision creates significant additional uncertainty regarding our ability to get to an NRC decision to restart Unit 2 this year.  This is not good for our customers, our investors and the region.

I could not be prouder of you, the men and women who have put their hearts and souls into addressing the steam generator and the dual unit outages, all the while working safely every day. Indeed, SONGS has served this region well for more than 40 years and each of you has played a role in it.

I recognize how difficult this news is for everyone at SONGS. Today, we will be conducting a series of All Hands meetings so I can talk face-to-face with you about what this means for us as a station, and for you. Meeting times are listed below, and I would ask that you please attend the session for your division.

I will do my best to answer your questions, but will tell you up front, I do not yet have all the answers. More information will be solidified over the next week, but I believe it is important for us to get together and discuss this news. We will work diligently, as we have before, to get answers to your questions. We will treat everyone with dignity and respect, using a process that is fair, legal and ethical.

This morning, Edison International CEO Ted Craver, and other executives, including Ron Litzinger and myself, are holding an investor briefing to inform the financial community and the media of our decision. Below is the company's press statement. Indeed, we can all anticipate a robust media cycle to follow.

I want to emphasize some aspects of what today's decision does not affect. We hold a NRC license that includes many requirements and obligations - including our responsibility to protect the health and safety of the public and our employees. As we move forward, we must continue to meet these license requirements as well as all the requirements of our Emergency Plan and Security Plan. I need -- and ask for -- your continuing support as Nuclear Professionals to ensure we remain as diligent about our responsibilities and obligations as you have demonstrated in the past.

We will have more time to talk in the days ahead, and I look forward to those interactions. But I want to say again how proud I am to be a part of this team, this station. You are the finest employees I have had the privilege to work with and lead. We have important things to accomplish here at SONGS as we prepare for decommissioning, and I know that we will do it together as true Nuclear Professionals. Keep your head up, stay focused on working safely, and never forget our commitment to excellence.

Be proud, but never satisfied!


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