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San Onofre Nuclear Reactor May Have Radiation Leak

Officials say there is no danger...

San Onofre nuke plant

(SAN DIEGO) - A famous sight on the Southern California coastline, the San Onofre nuclear plant near Camp Pendleton, had a serious problem this week, potentially exposing residents in the area to radiation.

With the Fukushima nuclear meltdown fresh on our minds and far from resolved, this is only the latest potentially deadly problem stemming from nuclear power facilities.

According to FOX 5 San Diego, Southern California Edison, operator of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station near Camp Pendleton, announced Tuesday that it has begun a precautionary shutdown of Unit 3 because sensors detected a possible leak in one of the unit's steam generator tubes.

"The potential leak poses no imminent danger to the public or plant workers. There has been no release to the atmosphere,'' according to an SCE statement.

San Onofre personnel will evaluate the cause of the leak and the steps required to repair it and resume operations, according to a spokesman for the Rosemead-based utility.

Unit 2 is currently offline for a planned maintenance, refueling and technology upgrade outage. SCE has ample reserve power to meet customer needs while Unit 3 is offline, according to the spokesman."

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