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San Onofre sewage spill closes popular beach

It was a 7,000-gallon release at 4 p.m. Thursday from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Officials say it would have been diffused as it mixed in with a million gallons per minute of water being released from the plant’s cooling system.

Published: Sept. 23, 2011 Updated: 10:22 a.m.
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San Onofre sewage spill closes popular beach

It was a 7,000-gallon release at 4 p.m. Thursday from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Officials say it would have been diffused as it mixed in with a million gallons per minute of water being released from the plant’s cooling system.

By FRED SWEGLES / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

San Onofre State Beach’s popular Surf Beach is closed this morning, turning away surfers, after a release from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

It’s not the kind of release you’re probably thinking.

The power plant reported that a blocked sewage line within the plant led to a 7,000-gallon spill into the ocean a mile offshore at around 4 p.m. Thursday.

Southern California Edison spokesman Gil Alexander said the 7,000 gallons of sewage “would have been diffused,” mixed in with 1 million gallons per minute of water being released from the plant’s cooling system.

Even so, state-park officials closed Surf Beach, which borders the plant, as a precaution.

“We’ve got the gates closed,” said Bill Gilbert, who works the kiosk. “We have to have the health department come and check it.”

He said many cars were being turned away since the kiosk would have opened at 6 a.m.

For the full story go here:

http://www.ocregister.com/news/plant-318627-beach-sewage.html

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