November 1, 2011

UPDATE: San Diego media is not even mentioning the story?

If you live in the Los Angeles San Diego area, you'll want to stay on top of the local news:

SAN ONOFRE (KTLA) -- A level 3 emergency is being reported at the San Onofre nuclear plant Tuesday.

Alarms and sirens were activated at the plant earlier this afternoon, possibly by an ammonia leak, SCE officials say.

Some employees in the vicinity of the leak were evacuated.

[...] UPDATE: Southern California Edison issued the following statement:

At approximately 3pm Pacific Daylight Time, Southern California Edison declared an alert based on identifying an ammonia leak in the steam system used to drive the plant's’ turbines.

San Onofre is in Rep. Darrell Issa's district and has quite the track record From May 31, 2011 post on Issa Exposed:

While much of America enjoyed an extended holiday, it wasn't a seamless weekend for everyone in the region. San Diego CityBeat notes that at the San Onofre Nuclear Station, 70 gallons of sulfuric acid were spilled -- the fifth spill in just over two years. As CityBeat notes, there was a hydrazine spill in February 2011 ("Hydrazine is highly toxic and dangerously unstable"), and two much worse spills of sulfuric acid -- two spills in the same July 2010 day, and another spill in April of 2009.

The spill comes one month to the day after hundreds of locals attended a public meeting to voice concerns about safety at San Onofre, where an on-site safety inspector from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission told the crowd that despite limited progress recently, “San Onofre is the leader still in safety concerns reported to the NRC.”

In March, NRC inspectors defended a long record of safety concerns at San Onofre including "a deficient "safety culture'" and an environment allegedly hostile to raising safety concerns. In the same month a manager with Southern California Edison, which owns nearly 80% of the facility, sued the company. He alleges that "he was fired for reporting safety concerns at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station."

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