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CA nuclear plant developing plan to go back online

San Onofre nuclear plant developing plan to go back online after unusual wear in steam tubes By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' The operator of the San Onofre nuclear plant says it's "closing in" on figuring out why hundreds of steam generator tubes that carry radioactive water have worn away at an unexpected rate.

Southern California Edison chief nuclear officer Pete Dietrich said Monday that inspectors have completed most of the testing and are developing a plan that would eventually bring the twin reactors back online.

Though the root cause of the unusual wear has not yet been determined, some possible causes could be related to the generators' design or how they're operated.

Earlier this month, the head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission toured the plant, located between Los Angeles and San Diego. He said there will have to be a "clear understanding" of the cause before either reactor can be restarted.

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