Regulators cite now-closed San Onofre nuke plant

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — Nuclear safety regulators have cited the operator of the San Onofre power plant for failing to check the design of steam generators that led to the plant's closure.

The U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/1cS1RtT ) reports the citation from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission did not carry explicit penalties, but it could complicate financial recovery efforts by Southern California Edison.

The utility has 30 days to appeal the NRC's violation notice.

The plant between San Diego and Los Angeles was shut down in January 2012, after a small radiation leak led to the discovery of unusual damage to hundreds of virtually new tubes that carry radioactive water.

Edison earlier this year said would shutter the plant permanently.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com