First Alert System at San Onofre Nuclear Waste Dump

Gene Stone & Darin R. McClure 
Darin and I took some radiation readings June 12 at SONGS waste dump on the ISFSI pad of 324 CPM’s and talked to Tom Palmisano about Safecast and the setup of a real-time radiation monitoring system with free public access.
I posed these questions to Sean Bonner and Arnie Gunderson about a first alert system at San Onofre nuclear waste dump.
If a Solorcast nano (using the CPM option} and thermocouple were to be placed at each of San Onofre Holtex canisters right at the heat vent for monitoring like Darin and I did on Jun 12 (see picture below). Knowing that there will be some differences between each of the 72 canisters. As long as the CPM numbers on a particular canister stayed close to that same number, say 324 CPM’s over a period of time, that would indicate “no leak”? However, if this same canisters numbers moved up more than 100 CPM’s or more (or any of the other canisters numbers changed), that higher number if it stays up for 24hrs or so would be an indication that a leak has begun, therefore being an early warning system?
SCE monitors are on the fence more than 50 ft away and 30 ft high in the air are too far away to pick up these subtle numbers because they are monitoring in Rems instead of CPM’s?
The use of CPM will give us quick action and notification time we would need to warn the public? If of course, we have real-time radiation monitoring.
Their answers were almost the same.
The Solarcast (and the new Solorcast nano) and the earlier Pointcast system was designed specifically for that kind of always-on-always-connected purpose. So, a real-time first alert system is a good idea. We’d love to work with you to put together an appropriate system though, and honestly, the new Solarcast Nano’s might be perfect for this.
Yes, our system was designed with that in mind, the final coding on that isn’t done but the idea is you can specify all sensors within X area and if they increase by more than a certain % you can be notified.
The answer is “YES” it is possible to have a First Alert System at San Onofre Nuclear Waste Dump! Please join us and support our efforts for this system at the next CEP meeting on Wednesday, June 27, it will be at the Casino in San Clemente, from 5:00-8:30pm.

Gene Stone, Former CEP Member

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