SAN CLEMENTE, CA - MARCH 15: Ocean waves come ashore near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station along San Onofre State Beach on March 15, 2012 south of San Clemente, California. Three steam generator tubes in Unit 3 of the nuclear reaction facility failed pressure stress tests by Southern California Edison (SCE), prompting the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to begin assembling a team of nuclear energy inspection experts who will try to determine why the level of wear on the tubes is unusually high. The unit has been shut down since the detection of a leak in one of the steam generator tubes on January 31. Unit 2 is also off line, for routine inspections, and Unit 1 has been decommissioned. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is launching a pilot study of cancer risks in people living near six U.S. nuclear power plants, including the San Onofre generating station in Southern California.
That plant has been offline since Jan. 31 to repair corroded steam generator tubes.
The $2 million study announced Tuesday will look at multiple types of cancer in populations around plants in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey and Tennessee and near a uranium fuel producer in Tennessee. It also will specifically examine cancers in children living near the facilities.
The study aims to address public concerns about radiation released by the plants. It's expected to begin in the next three months and could pave the way for a future study of all 65 U.S. nuclear plants.