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Federal Safety Investigation Shuts Down California Nuclear Plant

By Kelly Balamuth on April 2, 2012

Northern California Worker InjuryFederal safety investigators from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have shut down the nuclear plant in San Onofre until they can determine why the plant’s water-transporting tubes are breaking down at a much faster rate than they would under ordinary use, according to a recent article in The Las Vegas Sun.

The reactors, owned by Southern California Edison, are located on the coast near San Diego. The company recently changed the configuration of the tubes that transport radioactive water through the cores of the reactors for cooling. After an environmental group charged that the power company had violated nuclear regulations in changing the tubes, however, the NRC investigated the safety of the plant.

During the investigation, the agency found that the water tubes were breaking down too quickly, increasing the risk of radiation-related injuries or illnesses both for workers at the plant and, if a breach occurs, for the local residents as well. After tubes on one of the four reactors broke, the NRC ordered the plant shut down until the problem could be identified and fixed to protect workers and residents from radiation harm.

Workplace accidents can cause serious injury or illness, and a workplace doesn’t need to be as dangerous as a nuclear plant to pose dangers. At Balamuth Law, our knowledgeable Walnut Creek workplace injury lawyers have helped many people who have been hurt or sick by something in their employment world. If you’ve been injured, call us today at (888) 254-1234 for a free, confidential case evaluation.

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