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Morning greens: Radiation risks, Carson soil clean-up

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Japan radiation risk to California is downplayed. Reports LA Times: “Within days, nuclear radiation released from Japan’s damaged Fukushima reactors could reach California, but experts say the amount that makes its way across the ocean should pose no danger.”

In related news: Santa Cruz tsunami damage estimate climbs to $22.5M, according to KABC. LA Times reports that according to SoCal Edison, San Onofre nuclear plant can withstand up to a 7.0 quake an is protected by a 25-foot tsunami wall.

L.A. ranks #1 for Energy Star buildings. According to LAist, “With 510 Energy Star certified buildings within our urban sprawl, Los Angeles leads the pack of U.S. cities when it comes to green structures.”

Foothill cities asked to reduce water use during 10-day treatment plant shutdown. Reports LA Now: “Water will be in short supply from La Crescenta to Claremont from Friday to March 28 as crews upgrade the F.E. Weymouth Water Treatment Plant in La Verne.”

Water quality board orders Shell to clean soil at Carousel tract in Carson. Reports Daily Breeze: “The Carousel tract – 285 single-family homes north of Lomita Boulevard between Marabella and Panama avenues – was found to have elevated levels of cancer-causing chemicals during routine testing in 2007. Since then, a tedious process of testing and planning for cleanup has been unfolding.” (via Curbed LA)

Rock-blasting canceled at Millard Canyon waterfall. Reports Pasadena Star-News: “Plans to blast the giant rock wedged at the head of the Millard Canyon waterfall, due to start this week, have been ‘canceled until further notice,’ according to Mike Alarid, the man asked to do the work by the U.S. Forest Service.”

Fight continues over West Coast coal exports to Asia. Reports Greenspace: “Plans for a major West Coast coal export facility– the subject of an intense fight over greenhouse gases and U.S. coal supplies to Asia–took a new turn when Millennium Bulk Terminals Inc. announced it was withdrawing its permit for the facility near Longview, Wash.”

Photo: Evening sets on the San Onofre atomic power plant in northern San Diego County, south of San Clemente, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)