NRC Blames Design Flaws For Calif. Nuclear Plant Leak

Law360, New York (July 20, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT) -- Clearing Southern California Edison Co. of any wrongdoing, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday said a January leak of low levels of radioactive steam at the utility’s San Onofre nuclear power plant was caused by design and manufacturing flaws in the plant’s steam generators. 

In a report summarizing its findings from an investigation into the leak, the commission said the steam generators in the plant’s Unit 3 reactor were outfitted with faulty computer modeling that inadequately predicted conditions in them. The January leak at San Onofre...
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