Gallery: San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant to Close After 40 Years of Oper...


Southern California Edison just announced plans to permanently close the San Onofre nuclear power plant after a 16-month battle over whether or not to restore its twin reactors. Facing political opposition, regulatory challenges, and expensive repairs, the utility announced this Friday that the plant was no longer suitable for operation. The plant served the region for over 4 decades, but problems with its steam generator tubes and radiation leaks forced it to undergo a $670 million redesign. Not being able to ensure the safety of the eight million people living within 50 miles of the plant, Southern California Edison decided to retire and eventually dismantle the facility.

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  1. NEDO TOO June 7, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    It is hard to believe the article about using tape, plastic bags and broom sticks to plug leaking pipes This is too exaggerated. In my years of service with SCE for SONGS, I have never seen this materials use to fix leaking pipes.

  2. msyin June 7, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    About dam time. With all of the great sunshine almost all year, the coast line for wind and wave technology and better efficiency and innovation, where else in the USA would be a better place to get off nuclear?

    Now, as they decommission the plant, where are they going to store the waste and the spent the reactor cores?

    I hope they move forward with the great technology we have today to fill in the gap that this reactor leaves.

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