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Federal Regulators Deem San Onofre Nuclear Plant 'Low Risk'
Federal regulators, concluding their first inspection of the San Onofre nuclear generating station following the events that unfolded at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, deemed the San Onofre nuclear generating station at "extremely low risk of a meltdown in an earthquake," reports the Daily Breeze.
Inspections in March and April found a few problems at the plant between Los Angeles and San Diego, including some manholes leading to tunnels housing electric cables that were not watertight because of damaged seals. However, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors determined the plant is prepared to deal with fires and flooding in a major disaster, according to a report issued last week.
According to plant operators, no major deficiencies were identified. The plant was deemed able to withstand "major earthquake and tsunami threats," said a spokesman for Southern California Edison, reports the Daily Breeze.
First-quarter inspections in 2010 and early this year revealed three problems of "very low safety significance," reports the Daily Breeze, that were reportedly resolved. "A commission report released earlier mentioned some problems at the plant, including roof drains clogged with 200 pounds of dead seagulls."
Federal regulators inspected all nuclear plants in the U.S. following the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.