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A nuclear reactor in Corral Canyon

Nuclear reactor in Malibu

As we here along the coast await the plume of radiation from Japan, a reminder of our own nuclear history.

From the ever-fascinating UCLA archive, photographic proof that a nuclear reactor was once in the plans for Corral Canyon here in Malibu. Seriously.

Also part of LA County's '60s-era master plan for the 'Bu: a coastal highway that ran over the ocean, turning Las Virgenes Canyon Road into a six-lane freeway, and ultra high-density development, like in Marina Del Rey.

Original caption: REACTOR SITE-Three members of the Atomic Energy Commission Safety and Licensing Board inspect site of proposed nuclear reactor power plant in Coral Canyon, Malibu. They are, from left, Dr. Lawrence Quarles, Hood Worthington and Samuel Jensch. They are holding hearing in Santa Monica this week.

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