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San Onofre nuclear plant: Over 1,300 tubes damaged

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is seen in this file photo.
May 9, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Southern California Edison says more than 1,300 damaged tubes at the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant will be taken out of service.

The plant has been offline for more than three months due to the tubing deterioration. The figures released Tuesday come just days after SCE said it hopes to restart at least one of the plant's twin reactors next month.

The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission insists there is no timetable for restarting the plant.

Costs related to the long-running shutdown could climb over $100 million, company officials say, and state officials have warned about possible rotating blackouts in Southern California while the reactors are offline.

About 7.4 million Californians live within 50 miles of San Onofre, which can power 1.4 million homes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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