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Officials Approve Nuclear Waste Facility in N. San Diego County

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in northern San Diego County got a new use Tuesday when officials approved a 20-year permit for the station to be used as a nuclear waste storage facility. The plant has been shut down since January 2012, when a small, non-injury leak took place. The owner decided to retire the two reactors there instead of going through a costly process to get the reactor's working again. Some residents had expressed concern over placing storage containers for nuclear waste in an earthquake-prone area, but officials approved the permit unanimously after the plant's owner provided evidence that the plans exceed California earthquake safety standards.

September 15, 2015