Tuesday, April 3, 2012

California: San Onofre nuclear power plant forbidden to reopen

In an unprecedented (but clearly necessary) decision the US National Radiation Committee forbade the facility near Los Angeles to ever reopen, after most of its installations were found to be extremely eroded. 

Naturally concerns have been growing in the area since the damage was known just months ago, in some cases even making evacuation drills and distributing iodine tablets.

The inevitable decision puts the Californian electric grid under pressure because of the widespread use and abuse of air conditioning in the summertime. However the risk was obviously too big and total decomissioning (a very expensive procedure that they always pretend to the delay the most) may be in the agenda for this NPP. 

Southern California could well invest in clean solar energy. Just saying.

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