Local SoCal Radio: Nuke alert was required because fumes could prevent access to plant — Ammonia can create respiratory problems, likely why workers evacuated area

Published: November 1st, 2011 at 10:41 pm ET
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No nuclear leak at San Onofre isn’t necessarily no problem, 89.3 KPCC by Molly Peterson:

[...] Officials quickly said the ammonia leak posed no threat to the public, and stressed that no radiation has leaked. [...]

But an ammonia leak that’s being contained still could create respiratory problems for people in the area. That’s likely why SoCal Edison workers in the vicinity of the spill evacuated the area. Among the acute health impacts: Dizziness, skin irritation, and nausea. [...]

In an updated statement, Edison writes, “The alert was required because fumes could prevent access to the plant.” [...]

See also: CBS: Level 2 emergency declared at California nuke plant after ammonia leak -- "Orange County Emergency Ops. Center has been activated" -- Potential substandard degradation in level of safety of plant

Published: November 1st, 2011 at 10:41 pm ET
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