San Diego schools may oppose San Onofre nuclear plant restart

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The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has been offline since a radioactive leak from a damaged steam generator tube January 31, 2012. Several city councils have adopted resolutions of concern about the restart of the plant. The San Diego Unified School District Board considers opposing the plant's restart at its meeting Tuesday.

The San Diego Unified School District Board is being asked to oppose restarting the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

City News Service reports the board on Tuesday will consider a resolution that says the Unit 2 generator should remain offline until the plant goes through a rigorous license amendment process with federal regulators.

The proposed resolution says restarting the generator will have "profound impacts" on children if an accident releases radiation.

The plant, on the seaside border of San Diego and Orange counties, was shut down a year ago (January 31, 2012) after a leak was found in a generator tube carrying radioactive water.

The operator, Southern California Edison, has asked federal permission to restart Unit 2 but a decision isn't expected until at least March.

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