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Nuclear Cargo to Travel Through County

Waste will be transported from San Onofre to Utah



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    Evening sets on the San Onofre atomic power plant in northern San Diego County.

    Generators carrying small amounts of nuclear waste will be relocated in the cover of night to a disposal site in Utah.

    The 380-ton load will travel a secret route through Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, Escondido and Temecula, according an exclusive report by the North County Times.

    Sources contacted by the NCT could not reveal where exactly the trucks carrying the waste will be and when. Only a few city officials have recieved permit requests detailing the route of the waste. Plant Owner Southern California Edison said they are guarding the route details due to issues of safety and traffic control.

    The generators contain a "low-level nuclear waste" as classified by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. For decades, they were stored beneath the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s two iconic domes. The generators, which are 46 feet long and 14 feet in diameter, helped convert the heat of nuclear fission into steam used to spin the plant's electricity-generating turbines.

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    SoCal Edison officials say there is little threat to the public, given the equipment's low-level radiation emittance.
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    Recently, however, Edison engineers found microscopic cracks in some of the generator's internal chambers and had to replace the old generators.

    Read the rest of this story by NBC San Diego's media partner, The Noirth County Times.