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02/13/2013

San Onofre: A Year Off the Grid

Source:  Robert J. Budnitz and Dan Hawkes

SanonofreIn an article from the January 27th San Diego Union-Tribune, ESD’s Bob Budnitz discusses the safety problems behind the recent outage of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station near San Diego. The article addresses the debate over the power plant’s indispensability—some observers believe the shutdown “represents an opportunity to speed the transition to renewable power like wind and solar,” whereas others note that (what is now) a year without nuclear power “has translated into more pollution in Southern California skies and higher utility bills, as natural gas plants fill in for San Onofre.”

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