San Onofre fined for failing to follow own procedures leading to leak

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A Nuclear Regulatory Commission report Friday faults plant operator Southern California Edison for failing to follow its own procedures at Southern California’s San Onofre nuclear plant, and further stated that an ammonia leak  was caused by employees who failed to recognize degraded equipment and fix it.

A staffer at the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works said Sen. Barbara Boxer is concerned that the reported wear and tear on the unit’s piping, which is only two years old, might reflect broader problems at other plants across the country.  Sen. Boxer has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a comprehensive review of radiation leaks at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to determine how widespread the problems might be.

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