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Nuclear Safety

WASHINGTON (CN) - Four willful actions of misconduct at the San Onofre nuclear plant in the last year have lead the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to order the plant's owner, Southern California Edison, to investigate the "safety culture" at the plant, and make changes.

On multiple occasions over five years the plant's fire lookout lied on reports that he had performed an hourly "firewatch" at the plant. Last year, a radiographer deliberately failed to follow a Radiation Work Permit, and, more recently, an Instrumentation and Control technician would not control the work activities of an unqualified technician who then made plant safety equipment inoperable. Click here for detail and other new federal notices and regulations.

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