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Google Earth Images Heighten Concerns Over San Onofre Nuclear Waste Storage Plan

Above: Google Earth image showing new location of nuclear waste storage site at the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant (bottom left corner).

Aired 3/14/17 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Google Earth Images Heighten Concerns Over San Onofre Nuclear Waste Plan


Jeff McDonald, watchdog reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune


New Google Earth images are renewing safety concerns over Southern California Edison's plan to store nuclear wasteat the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant .

The images show the site where Edison plans to store the radioactive waste, within 100 feet of the shoreline.

State and federal regulators have approved the new storage plan, which includes storing nuclear waste in so-called dry-storage canisters. Edison said the protocol is safe.

But critics aren't convinced. They worry about potential leaks, the effects of rising sea levels and that the storage site could be vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis.

San Onofre was shut down in 2012 after the discovery of a radioactive leak.

Jeff McDonald, reporter with the San Diego Union-Tribune, discussed Tuesday on Midday Edition, the ongoing legal battle over Edison's storage waste plan.

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