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Restart Of San Onofre Nuclear Plant Postponed Indefinitely

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Federal regulators have pushed back indefinitely a decision on the proposed restart of the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente.

KNX 1070's Ron Kilgore reports the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has delayed several earlier dates.

Restart Of San Onofre Plant Postponed Indefinitely

But its website on Monday listed no date for a restart ruling - only "to be determined."

The plant between Los Angeles and San Diego hasn't produced power since January 2012, after a small radiation leak led to the discovery of unusual damage to hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water.

Operator Southern California Edison wants permission to restart the Unit 2 reactor and run it at reduced power in hopes of stopping vibration blamed for damaging tubing.

The NRC declined a request for an interview. Edison did not immediately to a KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO request for comment on the story.

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