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NRC: Radiation Leak Threat At San Onofre Nuke Plant Extremely Low

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(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

SAN CLEMENTE (CBS/AP) — Federal regulators say the San Onofre nuclear generating station near Camp Pendleton is at extremely low risk of a meltdown in an earthquake.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says inspections this year found a few problems at the plant located six miles south of San Juan Capistrano but concluded it is able to cope with the threats of fire and flooding.

Gil Alexander, a spokesman for plant operator Southern California Edison, says Thursday that the plant was found to have
no major deficiencies and is ready to withstand a major earthquake.

Federal regulators inspected all U.S. nuclear plants after the March 11 quake and tsunami in Japan that caused radiation leaks at the Fukushima nuclear plant, forcing 80,000 people to leave their homes.

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