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1976: Aerial photo of construction of Units 2 and 3 and San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. This photo was published in the April 4, 1976, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

August 1964: Earth-moving equipment working to clear site for San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. This photo was published in the Aug. 9, 1964 ,Los Angeles Times Orange County edition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

Feb. 12, 1965: Construction of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station unit 1 is viewed from information center. This photo was published in the Feb. 18, 1965, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jack Carrick / Los Angeles Times

May 12, 1966: Aerial view of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Unit 1 when it was about 75% complete.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Fry / Los Angeles Times

May 25, 1965: After the reactor vessel on the right is lifted and tilted through a hole in its new home, the containment sphere at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Unit 1 was sealed and made airtight. This photo was published in the June 6, 1965, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

May 25, 1965: Workers install steel ribs Inside the 'beach ball' of San Onofre Nuclear Processing Station Unit 1. The 140-foot diameter containment sphere was named 'beach ball' by surfers. This photo was published in the June 6, 1965, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

July 20, 1966: Work progresses inside the containment vessel at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Unit 1. This image shows (1) the reactor vessel head with control rods in place. The opening (2) will be sealed, but an entry port (3) is provided. Pits (4) around reactor vessel head will be filled with water before reactor is charged. This photo was published in the Aug. 29, 1966, Los Angeles Times. .

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Fontanini / Los Angeles Times

Sep. 24, 1980: San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station assistant plant operator Joe Robertson inside control room for Unit 1.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Armstrong / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 26, 1979: Men work on one of eight main coolant pumps for San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Unit 2 or 3 at the Byron Jackson company's Los Angeles facility. The pump is capable of moving 100,000 gallons of water per minute. This photo was published in the Dec. 2, 1979, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Fontanini / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 19, 1976: Construction at dusk of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Units 2 and 3.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Mally / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 6, 1977: About 1,000 anti-nuclear protesters march outside of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Units 2 and 3. This photo was published in the Aug. 7, 1977, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Meyer / Los Angeles Times

June 1, 1984: Aerial photo of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Units 2 and 3 during their first year of operation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Randy McBride / Los Angeles Times

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Construction of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, south of San Clemente, operated two nuclear power reactors – both currently shut down . The site once had a third reactor, now decommissioned.

Construction at San Onofre began in 1964. Unit 1, a Westinghouse pressurized water reactor operated from Jan. 1, 1968, until Nov. 30, 1992. It was decommissioned and dismantled.

Units 2 and 3, built in the 1970s, respectively went online Aug. 8, 1983 and April 1, 1984. Both units are licensed until 2022, but are currently shut down.

This photo gallery of images by Los Angeles Times photographers are from the years 1964 through 1984.

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3 Comments

  1. June 26, 2012, 2:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing. My dad worked there from 74-97 and I remember touring units 2-3 back in 76 or 77 I was young but can vividly remember the day. thanks again for the photo and bringing back memories of my youth

    By: ospan1@hotmail.com
  2. December 4, 2012, 1:26 am

    I cannot imagine the brilliant minds that it took to conceive of this testament to men's ingenuity.

    By: robrnar
  3. September 19, 2015, 8:08 am

    Why is San Onofre stated to be “near Oceanside”, a distance of fifteen miles, and not “near San Clemente”, a distance of three miles? Something to do with property values perhaps?

    By: Philip

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