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A truck longer than a football field and carrying a low-level radioactive steam generator from the San Onofre nuclear power plant to Utah made a scheduled stop on Oceanside Boulevard Monday morning, but it was blocking two eastbound lanes, Oceanside police said. A spokesman for Southern California Edison, the utility company moving the generator, would not say the exact time the truck would begin moving again because of security reasons, but he said it would be by Monday night.
The truck is 399 feet long and has 192 tires. The 30-year-old steam generator weighs 380 tons and was on an 832-mile journey to another power plant in Clive, Utah, where it was to be stored.
The move is safe despite the low-level radioactivity, Andresen said. If you were to stand near the truck for an hour, the amount of radiation exposure you would receive would be about the same amount as you would get from a dental X-ray, he said.