Sunday, June 09, 2013

Nuclear Power Plant in Limbo Decides to Close

Mike Blake/Reuters
The reactors at San Onofre in California had not run since radioactive steam escaped in 2012.
The owners of the San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California, which has been shut since January 2012, said on Friday that they would close it permanently because of uncertainty over when it could be reopened.
The two reactors at San Onofre had not run since a small amount of radioactive steam escaped from new tubes damaged by vibration and friction. Coming months after the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown in Japan, the event prompted a wave of public opposition and set off a legal and regulatory battle that included Southern California Edison, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which manufactured the parts that leaked.
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1 comment:

texlahoma said...

This is great news, if they stick with it. I think TPTB will find a way to get it going or at least keep radioactive material there.
(I have a feeling that it will be hit by a meteor or something and that it will spread radiation across the country.)
So I hope they move everything radioactive out of there quickly.

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