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Aug 20, 2012 10:40 PM by CJ, The Associated Press

Ailing San Onofre nuclear plant downsizes staff

ROSEMEAD, Calif. (AP) - Southern California Edison officials say they are downsizing to cut 730 employees at the ailing San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to cut costs.

In a release Monday, the utility says the decision comes as the result of comparing the plant to other similar nuclear plants and two years of exhaustive analysis.

The plant between Los Angeles and San Diego has been closed since January because of excessive wear to tubes that carry radioactive water.

The company says the necessary repairs and strict California environmental and regulatory standards have increased the overall cost of delivering electricity to customers.

The company says it will fully maintain all safety commitments with the remaining 1,500 employees.

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