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The report is from the California Public Interest Research Group or CALPIRG and the Environment California Research and Policy Center.
"For nearly 2.3 million residents of the Southern California region drinking-water supplies are located within 50 of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant," said Emily Rusch, CALPIRG's Education Fund State Director. "That's a concern because, as we learned from last year in Fukushima, Japan, drinking water sources can become contaminated in the event of an accident or underground leak."
She readily admits this is not something people need to worry about now - it is partly based on a worst-case disaster scenario.
But Rusch said there are on-going problems with underground leaks at aging nuclear power plants in the United States.
The report said the drinking water for another 66,450 Californians on the Central Coast could be affected from leaks or a disaster at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant near San Luis Obispo.
She said across the country, 21 nuclear plants sit within 50 miles of the drinking water sources of 1 million or more people.
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