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Feb 13, 2013 12:25 AM by Associated Press

NRC could alter rules for San Onofre restart

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal regulators could alter requirements to restart the San Onofre nuclear power plant in California - another potential hurdle for the company that wants to return the troubled plant to service.

The twin-reactor plant between Los Angeles and San Diego hasn't produced electricity since January 2012, when a tiny radiation leak led to the discovery of damage to hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission last year outlined a series of steps operator Southern California Edison must take before a restart would be allowed.

That included determining how to stop tube damage.

But NRC Deputy Regional Administrator Art Howell said in a hearing in Dana Point on Tuesday the agency is considering changing those requirements "as needed." He didn't elaborate.

Edison had no immediate comment.

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