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Ammonia leak at San Onofre nuclear plant is contained

Photo: San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Credit: Allen J. Schaben  / Los Angeles Times

An ammonia leak that prompted an emergency alert at the San Onofre nuclear power plant did not pose a threat to the public, and only a few workers inside the plant were evacuated, officials said.

Southern California Edison spokeswoman Lauren Bartlett said the leak occurred about 3 p.m. Tuesday in a make-up water-treatment system in a non-nuclear part of the facility. As a precautionary measure, some workers were evacuated.

The plant's two units were operating normally throughout the day.

The Level Two alert at the plant was called off shortly after 6 p.m. and normal operations were resumed, the Orange County Emergency Operations center said in a statement.

Officials have set up a hotline if people have questions about the alert that was declared at the Orange County facility. People are asked to call (714) 628-7085. The hotline will be open until 9 p.m.

Bartlett said the leak occurred about 3 p.m. in a make-up water-treatment system in a non-nuclear part of the facility. As a precautionary measure, some workers were evacuated.

Under federal regulations, there are four emergency levels depending on severity. Level Two involves any  "potential substandard degradation in the level of safety of the plant."

"There is no danger to the public at this time," the Orange County Emergency Operations center said.

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— Andrew Blankstein (twitter.com/anblanx) and Robert J. Lopez (twitter.com/LAJourno)

Photo: The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Credit: Allen J. Schaben  / Los Angeles Times

 
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