Environmentalists are why San Onofre nuclear plant closed

Aside from Vermont’s nuclear plant shutting down, the San Onofre nuclear plant near Los Angeles, California shut down last year resulting from environmentalist opposition. The plant had experienced problems with its steam generators and piping when they went through upgrades. The issues were easily fixable but Southern California Edison opted to close it since doing so became too cost prohibitive. This was mainly due environmentalist opposition to the plant reopening. The group Friends of the Earth, for example, filed a legal petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as part of legal efforts to shut San Onofre down. As a result of the plant closure, 1100 employees lost their jobs.