Japanese firm to fight nuke plant negligence claim

San Onofre

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Edison announced on Friday, June 7th 2013 that it is permanently shutting down the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

The Japanese company that built corrosion-plagued steam tubes for California's San Onofre nuclear power plant says it will fight allegations of wrongdoing by the plant's operator.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries sent a reply Thursday to a letter from Southern California Edison that accused the company of "gross negligence." Edison argues that Mitsubishi is liable for costs that could run millions or even billions of dollars.

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Mitsubishi's reply calls the contentions "factually incorrect, legally unsound and inappropriate." The company says it will defend itself through a dispute resolution process.

Premature wear on the steam tubes shut down the coastal power plant last year and Edison announced last month that it won't reopen.

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