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Calif nuke trouble could prompt NRC rule review

NRC chairman sees need to review agency rules following trouble at San Onofre nuke plant By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' The nation's top nuclear regulator says the trouble at California's San Onofre nuclear power plant might result in new rules to guide how equipment is replaced in the nation's nuclear reactors.

The plant between Los Angeles and San Diego has been idle for nearly four months while investigators try to determine why tubing that carries radioactive water inside its steam generators eroded rapidly.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko said Wednesday the guidelines under which the generators were installed might need to be changed.

The generators were installed under a widely used rule that allows operators to replace equipment without prior NRC approval, providing there is only minimal impact on safety and operation.

Southern California Edison initially targeted a June restart for at least one reactor, but that appears unlikely.

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