Anti-nuclear sentiment strong at San Clemente meeting via North County Times

An anti-government, don’t-believe-what-you’re-told message about the potential dangers of nuclear power seemed to resonate with about 200 Southern California residents who came to a San Clemente meeting hall Tuesday night.

The crowd applauded a presentation by former nuclear executive and whistle-blower Arnold “Arnie” Gunderson and from others who gave presentations outlining the dangers of radiation emitting from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which had a severe accident this spring after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami inundated the coastal power plant.

Tuesday’s meeting was hosted by the San Clemente City Council and was organized by local environmental group San Clemente Green, which has taken an aggressive anti-nuclear energy stance in recent years.

The meeting follows a previous gathering on Sept. 28 where the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and representatives from Southern California Edison presented the council and public with reassurances that Edison’s San Onofre nuclear plant would be able to withstand the worst earthquake and tsunami that local conditions are likely to throw at the region.

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