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Workers stop ammonia leak at San Onofre nuclear plant in Calif.; utility says no public danger
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) ' Workers have stopped a non-radioactive ammonia leak at a Southern California nuclear plant that prompted a precautionary evacuation of nearby workers.
Todd Adler, the engineering manager at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, says the leak was stopped by 5 p.m. Tuesday, about two hours after it was detected.
Adler told reporters at a media information center in Irvine that hazardous materials teams are cleaning up the area and evacuated workers should be allowed to return sometime Tuesday night.
The leak prompted an emergency alert, but plant operators said there was no danger to the public and no injuries.
Adler says the leak occurred in a water treatment system. The cause is under investigation.
The plant is located about 45 miles north of San Diego, just south of San Clemente.