Gallery: San Onofre Nuclear Plant Shutdown Raises Radioactivity Concern...


Late last month a radiation leak was discovered at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in San Diego County, California. It was found that radiation was leaking out of a faulty hose and into the ocean, exposing thousands of surfers and beach-goers at one of the Earth’s most well-known surf spots. The reactor in question was closed and subjected to an investigation that later revealed unsafe damage to tubing throughout the nuclear site, thus prompting the shutdown of the other reactor two days later. More than a month later, the reactors remain closed and new information about the safety of the plant, its proximity to a massive, active fault line, and concerns from SONGS workers about emergency plans have been popping up. However, despite concerted efforts by local environmentalists pushing for the permanent shutdown of the plant, the surf community seems unfazed by the threats.

Read the rest of this entry »


or your inhabitat account below

1 Comment

  1. DarinRMcClure March 6, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Aging Nuke Plants On Fault Lines In Tsunami Hazard Zones = Fukushimas… Any Questions?

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home