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Heavy Wear on New Tubes at San Onofre

Damage is unusual for virtually new tubing



    Heavy Wear on New Tubes at San Onofre

    Federal regulators say unusual wear has been found on dozens of virtually new tubes that carry radioactive water at Southern California's San Onofre Unit 2 nuclear plant.

    The disclosure Thursday comes just two days after a tube leak at the plant's other unit prompted operators to shut down its reactor as a precaution. A tiny amount of radiation could have escaped from that plant, but officials say workers and the public were not endangered.

    The problems at Unit 2 were discovered during inspections of a steam generator. That equipment was replaced recently in both units of the twin-reactor plant.

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Victor Dricks says the damage is unusual for virtually new tubing.

    The plant is off line for inspections and repairs.

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