San Onofre Nuclear Reactor Shut Down Due to Leak
Map source: decommission.sanonofre.com
Tuesday afternoon, January 31, 2012, nuclear reactor at San Onofre nuclear power plant shut down due to a leak.
Of course, the plant operators say,
"The potential leak poses no imminent danger to the public or plant workers," according to a Southern California Edison statement. "There has been no release to the atmosphere."
Don't they always say that?
According to the SanClementPatch The leak was not big enough to trigger the automatic shutdown so crews shut it down manually at 5:31 p.m. Tuesday.
Tuesday evening crews worked to cool the reactor, enter the dome and repair the leak.
Nuclear reactor #1 was closed down permanently in 1992. Check the NRC website for details.
San Onofre power plant is situated on the West Coast between Los Angeles and San Diego. There are 8.4 million people within 50 miles of the facility. There is no feasible way that that many people could be evacuated in time to avoid risk if there were to be a catastrophic release.
Check here and CommonDreams.org for updates about the leak and shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.
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