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Troubled Southern Calif. nuclear power plant remains offline until safety requirements met (2)

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08:37, March 29, 2012

The problem was due to premature wear found on tubes in massive steam generators installed in 2010 and 2011, according to reports.

As a result of the leak, the SCE recently completed eight days of extensive testing of the steam generator tubes and reported the results to the NRC.

An inspection team from the NRC, which has been informed of the leak, has been at the plant overseeing the repair and inspection work while conducting its own inspections.

The SCE, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States which serves a population of nearly 14 million in a 50,000-square-mile (129,499-square-km) service area in a major part of California, has said previously the plant would not return to operation until tests confirm it is safe.

In the meantime, a major nuclear engineers organization accused the SCE for lacking in transparency about the problem and blamed the operator for causing the leaks.

Arnie Gundersen and Fairewinds Associates, commissioned by Friends of the Earth to review the plant, said serious unresolved safety problems at the site could lead to significant radiation releases if it is allowed to restart.

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