Small leak in SoCal power plant escaped in air

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Small leak in SoCal power plant escaped in air
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (BDCi) – A tiny amount of radiation could have escaped from a Southern California nuclear power plant after a water leak prompted operators to shut down a reactor as a precaution, but plant workers and the public were not endangered, officials said Wednesday.

The leak was detected Tuesday afternoon in Unit 3 at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, about 45 miles north of San Diego. The seaside plant was taken off line while investigators tried to determine what happened.

While the leak wasn’t large enough to require the plant to declare an emergency, any possible leak of radiation into the atmosphere is rare.

The plant is owned by Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and the City of Riverside. Southern California Edison serves nearly 14 million residents with electricity in Central and Southern California.

By: Natania Levine
Courtesy: cbsnews.com
Photo: bakersfieldnow.com
2 February 2012
11:35 a.m P.S.T

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