"San Onofre Nuclear Plant Problem Worse Than Thought: Report"

"LOS ANGELES -- US nuclear regulators published an update on California's troubled San Onofre power plant Thursday, sparking an expert warning that the problem is more serious than first thought."

"A reactor at the nuclear power plant near San Diego was shut down in January after a radiation leak, although the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said there was no danger to the public.

Investigations found unexpected erosion on tubes that carry radioactive water, and the entire plant was shut down, forcing Californian authorities to fire up alternative power generation facilities.

On Thursday, an update on the tube erosion, posted on an obscure part of the NRC's website, showed the situation had worsened."

AFP had the story July 12, 2012.


"Troubles at a 1960s-Era Nuclear Plant in California May Hint at the Future" (New York Times)

"Feds Report Details on Tube Wear at Troubled California Nuclear Plant" (AP)

Source: AFP, 07/13/2012