Boxer wants probe at sickly San Onofre nuke plant

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US Senator of California Barbara Boxer

US Senator of California Barbara Boxer (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Sen. Barbara Boxer is pressing federal regulators to open a probe into equipment problems at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Her letter Wednesday to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission comes as Southern California Edison is pushing a plan to restart one of the reactors.

A statement says the Democrat wants the NRC to investigate what she calls new information that shows Edison and the company that built the plant’s ailing steam generators were aware of design problems before the equipment was installed.

The statement says it raises concerns the company rejected safety modifications and sidestepped a more rigorous safety review.

The plant between San Diego and Los Angeles has been shut down for more than a year after unusual damage was found in tubes that carry radioactive water.

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