LA City Council urges thorough review at San Onofre nuclear power plant

San Onofre Nuclear Plant

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A runner passes by the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant on April 6, 2012.

The Los Angeles City Council wants federal regulators to move slowly and cautiously before deciding if Southern California Edison can fire up its troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant.

The council Tuesday tentatively endorsed a resolution calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to hold off on a ruling until it independently confirms that needed repairs have been made and the seaside plant is safe to run.

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

Edison wants permission to run the Unit 2 reactor at no more than 70 percent power, which company engineers say will stop vibration that damaged tubes.

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