AP: California’s San Onofre nuclear plant shuts down indefinitely over safety worries

Published: March 17th, 2012 at 1:20 am ET
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UPDATED: L.A. Local News: "New problems at the San Onofre nuclear plant" -- Special team called in -- More tubes fail -- NRC trying to figure out why it's happening so quickly (VIDEO)

Title: Safety worries shut down San Onofre nuclear plant
Source: AP
Date: March 16, 2012
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A nuclear reactor on the Southern California coast will remain shut down indefinitely while a team of federal inspectors determines why several relatively new tubes became so frail that tests found they could rupture and release radioactive water, a federal official said Thursday

The Unit 3 reactor at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, located about 45 miles north of San Diego, was shut down as a precaution on Jan. 31 after a water leak from another tube in a massive steam generator. Traces of radiation escaped, but officials say there was no danger to workers or neighbors. [...]

According to the NRC, the tubes have an important safety role because they represent one of the primary barriers between the radioactive and non-radioactive sides of the plant. If a tube breaks, radioactivity from the system that pumps water through the reactor could escape into the atmosphere. [...]

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