Earlier this year – the entire plant was shut down after there was a radiation leak and investigators found severely eroded tubes that carry radioactive water. But now a report published by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission reveals that the problem as San Onofre was even worse than first realized.
The new data shows that more than 3,000 new steam generator tubes at the plant are also badly damaged. Plant operators had hoped to get the reactors up and running again at the end of summer – meaning they were planning to operate the plant with seriously damaged components – Increasingly the likelihood of a nuclear accident.
The real troubling question is – if this much dysfunction is just below the surface at the San Onofre nuclear plant – then what other nuclear plants in the United States are in similar dangerous conditions?