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NRC: Heavy wear on new tubes at Cal nuke plant

Inspectors find heavy wear on new tubes carrying radioactive water at San Onofre nuclear plant By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' 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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