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California Nuclear Power Plant has Been Leaking Radiation for 6 Years

Radioactive power may be an incredible source of energy. It’s stronger than hydro, solar, and all other forms, and can even be cleaner than coal. But “can be” is the key phrase, in this case. One California power plant has been leaking radiation for the last six years.

The plant is called San Onofre, and it’s located in San Clemente, California. In 2012, the plant experienced a leak caused by malpractice, which resulted in the plant shutting down for good. The San Diego Tribune states that the plant “operated the reactor outside the allowable limits for pressure and temperature, causing the radiation leak that shut down the facility for good.”

Despite being closed down, there is a reported 3.6 million pounds of radioactive material remaining inside the facility. The worker that originally whistle blew about the first leak claims that there is more potential radiation lying in each canister to equal that of Chernobyl. They state that with the gradually rising sea levels, the risk of explosion in the canisters is becoming an increasing possibility. This concern is amplified by San Onofre being located on an earthquake fault line of an area with a tsunami-related history.

San Juan Capistrano Councilwoman Pam Patterson has expressed concerns for the area, describing it as a “Fukushima waiting to happen.” She also states that the volatile and sensitive nature could make it a dangerous target for terrorist attacks.

Officials are working on a solution at this time, though no courses of actions have been decided on yet. This news was first reported by AntiMedia. I hope your bunker is lead-lined.

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