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May 11, 2012 8:44 PM by Associated Press

$64M approved for San Onofre nuke plant seismic studies

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) - The California Public Utilities Commission has approved $64 million in funding for seismic studies to see how vulnerable the San Onofre nuclear plant may be to earthquakes.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/JDZyjI) says the costs will be recovered from Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric customers.

The study at San Onofre comes in response to legislation directing the commission to assess the plants.

The plant is currently out of service as the utility tries to figure out why steam generator tubes are showing more wear than they should.

Utility officials say they will work with Scripps Institution of Oceanography on the seismic studies beginning later this year.

The San Onofre plant's license expires in 2022. The studies could play into Edison's decision to renew it.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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