1,800 Tons of Radioactive Waste at San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant Has Ocean View But Nowhere to Go

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Thomas Palmisano, left, decommissioning and chief nuclear officer, and Lou Bosch, center, Southern California Edison plant manager, lead a tour near the electricity switch yard where two-thirds of the used nuclear fuel is in wet storage. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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The massive, 150-ton turbines have stopped spinning. The mile-long cooling pipes that extend into the Pacific will likely become undersea relics. High voltage that once energized the homes of more than a million Californians is down to zero.

But the San Onofre nuclear power plant will loom for a long time as a landmark, its 1,800 tons of lethal radioactive waste stored on the edge of the Pacific and within sight of the busy 5 Freeway.

Across the site, deep pools of water and massive concrete casks confine high-power gamma radiation and other forms of radioactivity emitted by 890,000 spent fuel rods that nobody wants there.

And like the other 79,000 tons of spent fuel spread across the nation, San Onofre’s nuclear waste has nowhere to go.

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