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Readers React: In the 1970s, Gov. Jerry Brown was a champion for nuclear safety. Now, his legacy is at risk

Gov. Jerry Brown delivers his final State of the State address on Jan. 25 in Sacramento.
(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

To the editor: As many debate the legacy of Gov. Jerry Brown, what stands out for me is his leadership in advancing a 1976 moratorium on new nuclear plants. Without it, the state might now be dotted with 50 nuclear power plants. (“A Brown — father or son — has been California governor for 40% of the last six decades,” Jan. 29)

Unfortunately, the two that we are stuck with have become a nightmare. There was no solution to nuclear waste then, and there is no solution now. The current plan to store for the indefinite future thousands of tons of highly radioactive uranium and plutonium at Diablo Canyon and San Onofre is now probably the greatest challenge for the future of California.

Unfortunately, the governor has abdicated his leadership on this issue. He was a champion on nuclear safety in 1976, but now he is invisible.

Roger Johnson, San Clemente

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