JANUARY 21ST, 2004

Dear Readers,

What makes this CAPPcoord item interesting -- at least to me -- is its author.  I wonder what other progress she's made on shutting Diablo Cyn since she left this list a few months ago, angry because I had posted some of the flames I'd been receiving?

Or maybe the question is for Richard:  If you monitor her work, what makes this item seem so astonishing as to be worth posting?  Stuff like this happens all the time.  There have been something like 2200 scrambles around DC alone in the past year, according to the national news media.  San Onofre has a local airport (Oceanside) that is so close, every plane that takes off could crash into San Onofre in a matter of just a few minutes (like, three or maybe five), flying below radar (never popping up above a couple of hundred feet), carrying hundreds of pounds of explosives.  It would be unnoticed because planes fly low in this area all the time, and helicopters do, too.  There is no way anyone would react in time to do anything.  That's been proven time and again.

Even without the explosives, all planes carry fuel, and they all have simple inertial destruction capabilities, as well.  A SMALL PLANE, EMPTY OF FUEL, WITH NO EXPLOSIVES, CAN STILL DESTROY A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT BY CRASHING INTO THE RIGHT VITAL SPOT.  NO MATTER WHAT ANY SPOKESLIAR FOR ANY NUCLEAR POWER PLANT HAS EVER CLAIMED IN PUBLIC, THAT'S THAT FACTS.  This is especially true during refueling, which happens regularly and is very obvious from the air that it is happening, and from the ground as well, not to mention from local newspaper reports and the NRC's own web site.  During refueling, a plane could literally fly in the opened EQUIPMENT HATCH of most nuclear power plants!  It's wings would be clipped on the way in, but the fuselage could do plenty of damage on its own, especially if it has fuel tanks or explosives in it.

So what's the big deal?  These sorts of facts about nuclear power have been around for years.  Nobody admits them, nobody does anything,  After 9-11 the entire industry took a big gulp and said, well, gee, we never thought of that -- but a 747 couldn't go through a dome, anyway!  They lied -- first of all, it HAD been thought about, and dismissed as unlikely by the industry, and second of all, it CAN go through the dome -- but THIRD, they also lied because YOU DON'T NEED TO CRASH THROUGH THE DOME TO CAUSE A MELTDOWN OF THE CORE, OR A SPENT FUEL FIRE. There are plenty of other ways, just waiting to happen.

But all RB could write about this recent incident is that "it certainly appears relevant".  I suppose that to some, that makes her look like an activist.  That's how she can get away with claiming, while doing her "one-on-ones" with any new nuclear activists that come along in California and teaches them how to do endless 2.206 petitions, that Dr. John W. Gofman "has been discredited", as she asserted to me (in front of two other people -- my wife and another local activist) several years ago.

It wasn't true then and it's not true now -- Gofman has not been discredited, but RB has been.


Russell Hoffman
Concerened Citizen
Carlsbad, CA


At 11:32 AM 1/19/2004 , Knee Richard A." <> wrote:

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Subject: Fwd: Plane Buzzes Limerick Nuclear Station
Date: 1/19/2004 8:56:43 AM


This happened on Friday and seemed to virtually disappear as a news story. It certainly appears
relevant to our appeal on security at Diablo.


In Peace

Rochelle Becker

Hi y'all,

My husband saw a piece on the national tv news Friday evening. Although
these articles from the Philly News totally downplay the incident, Pat said
that the news show reported that police helicopters tried to force the plane
down unsuccessfully, the plane violated Limerick's airspace three times, and
the only reason the guy landed was because he was out of gas. If they are
unable to contend with a small plane, how are they going to protect nuclear
plants from a large plane intent on harm?


Glenn Carroll
GANE - Georgians Against Nuclear Energy
P.O. Box 8574
Atlanta, GA 30306
PHONE/FAX: 404-378-4263
if no answer (modem in use) call: 404-378-9542

"Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble
or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm
in your heart." -- (unknown)


Posted on Sat, Jan. 17, 2004
Authorities: Pilot who buzzed area was drunk

The pilot who terrorized the airways with his erratic flying for four hours
Thursday night - circling the Limerick nuclear plant and buzzing
Philadelphia International Airport - was drunk, authorities said yesterday.

When he emerged from his single-engine plane, he was staggering, his eyes
were bloodshot, and his pants were unbuttoned and unzipped, authorities

Tests showed that the pilot, John Salamone, owner of a Pottstown concrete
company, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.13, over the legal limit of .08.

Until tests are complete, however, he has not been charged with DUI,
according to Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr.

Salamone, 44, owner of J. Vincent Concrete Contractors , was released into
the custody of his brother-in-law. The single-engine plane he was flying is
registered to his firm, records show.

Jim Peters, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, said his agency had
opened an investigation into Salamone but have not yanked his license.

"At the end we will make a recommendation about what to do," he said. That
could mean anything from no action to a civil penalty, or suspension or
revocation of his license.

Salamone did not return phone calls requesting comment.

Salamone took off from Pottstown-Limerick Airport between 6:15 and 6:30
p.m., Peters said. He first flew over Center City, then headed toward
Philadelphia International Airport, prompting controllers to order six
aircraft that were on final descent to clear out of the way, Peters said.

Salamone then headed to South Jersey and attempted tried to land at an
airport outside Glassboro before returning to Philadelphia airspace.

He declined to land in Philadelphia, and then headed to Limerick, where he
landed briefly there, before taking off toward the nuclear plant. He finally
landed again at Limerick airport and was arrested, authorities said.


Posted on Fri, Jan. 16, 2004
'Erratic' flyer in close call forced to land
Associated Press

A small plane was diverted from the Philadelphia International Airport to a
suburban airstrip last night after it violated controlled airspace near the
city airport, authorities said.

A police helicopter escorted the single-engine plane to the
Pottstown-Limerick Airport in Montgomery County, according to city and state

State police Trooper Christopher Paris said the initial breach of airspace
happened about 9:30 p.m. and there were concerns "for obvious reasons" when
the plane went near the nuclear power plant in Limerick.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said the plane was
flying erratically and had been tracked for 3 1?2 hours before being forced
down about 10:20 p.m.

The pilot, who was not identified, was questioned and detained, Peters said.
The pilot faces a possible fine and his pilot's license being suspended or

Authorities don't know from where the flight originated.

The plane is registered to a Pottstown-area contractor, J. Vincent Concrete

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