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San Onofre Nuclear Generating Systems closes its doors for good.

The San O nuclear plant is down and out. For good. Photo: Julius Fekete/Shutterstock


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Great news for surfers and watermen today out of San Onofre–the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) is closing its doors for good. The power plant hasn’t run in about a year and a half, since January of 2012, and was shut down due to a radiation leak that led to the discovery of a slew of damaged pipes in the plant.

S.O.N.G.S. “has served this region for over 40 years,” said Ted Craver, chairman of Edison International, in a statement. “But we have concluded that the continuing uncertainty about when or if (the plant) might return to service was not good for our customers, our investors, or the need to plan for our region’s long-term electricity needs.”

The plant sits atop an iconic surf break, San Onofre, which, given the news, should put help surfers at ease knowing the generator won’t be fired back up anytime soon.

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