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San Onofre Unit 3 reactor gets more inspections

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is seen in this file photo.

March 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Federal inspectors will once again be at the San Onofre nuclear plant Monday. The visit follows a pressure testing failure involving some relatively new water tubes.

Officials said during trials last Wednesday, the tubes became so frail that tests found they could rupture and release radioactive water.

The Unit 3 reactor has been shut down since January 31 as a precaution following a water leak. Traces of radiation escaped, but officials said there was no danger to workers or residents nearby.