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The spokesman said the radiation levels were “barely measurable,” but the plant was shut down as a precaution.
“At no point were the public or our workers in any danger,” Southern California Edison spokesman Gil Alexander told ABC News.
Officials say the radiation leak likely occurred in the steam generator tubes of San Onofre’s reactor #3. The steam system, which is supposed to be shielded from exposure to radiation, was replaced in December 2010. Alexander said plant officials will be conducting an investigation into why the new steam tubes leaked.
ABC News visited San Onofre the day the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan melted down. At the time, plant officials were eager to reassure the public that the same thing could not happen on the California coast.
2. San Onofre Location: San Clemente, CA (45 miles southeast of Long Beach, CA) Reactors: 2 Electrical Output (megawatts): Unit 2: 1070; Unit 3: 1080 Year Operating License Issued: Unit 2: 1982; Unit 3: 1982 Population within 50 Miles: 9,468,825 Relative Safety Rating: middle third Risk of Natural Disasters: Likelihood of Earthquake (scale 0-6): 4 Expected Number of Hurricanes in Next Century: 0 Miles to Potentially Active Volcano: approx. 225 miles Significant Tornadoes (1921-1995): 0 to 5
Originally posted by andyr1112
Why does it say at the very tip top abc news Feb 1st 2012 6:22 pm its not even 6 in cali yet lol
Whenever generators are new or very old, leaks can occur, and engineers know to be alert for the problem, said David Lochbaum, director of the Nuclear Safety Project for the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Lochbaum said that as long as sensors detected the problem and the operators were prepared, "it's not the fault of [owner] Southern California Edison. It just happens" with new generators as they are being broken in.
Edison announced the "precautionary shutdown" Tuesday evening because "sensors installed for this purpose detected a possible leak in one of the unit's steam generator tubes."
Also concerning was that "many" tubes that carry pressurized radioactive water were damaged, according to a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The leak was initially estimated at a rate of 85 gallons a day — an amount about half of what would require the plant to shut down. Alexander said the rate of the leak was "much less," but did not provide a figure.
I also live too close to this plant. More details are coming from www.cbs8.com but it doesn't sound good.
I really hope it is shut down for good soon.