March 28, 2012 in Nation/World

In brief: Nuclear plant will remain shut down during probe

 

Los Angeles – The troubled San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California will remain shut down while investigators try to solve a mystery inside its massive generators – the rapid decay of tubing that carries radioactive water, federal regulators said Tuesday.

The announcement that formalized an agreement with operator Southern California Edison came on the same day that a report commissioned by an environmental group claimed the utility misled the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about design changes that are the likely culprit in excessive tube wear.

A four-page letter to Edison from NRC Regional Administrator Elmo E. Collins laid out a series of steps the company must take before restarting the seaside reactors located 45 miles north of San Diego.

Amish could stop using buggy safety triangles

Frankfort, Ky. – Kentucky’s General Assembly gave final passage Tuesday to legislation that would exempt the Amish from a longstanding requirement that they affix bright orange safety triangles on their slow-moving buggies.

Lawmakers, in a debate watched by other states with sizable Amish populations like Kentucky, were left to weigh religious rights against traffic safety.

House legislators, voting 75-21, approved a bill that would allow the Amish to use reflective silver or white tape on the backs of their horse-drawn buggies – instead of orange traffic triangles normally required for slow-moving vehicles.

Gov. Steve Beshear hasn’t publicly signaled where he stands on the bill, which would take effect immediately if he signs it into law.

Several Amish farmers had served jail time in Kentucky for refusing to use the triangle emblems. They objected on religious grounds that the triangular shape represents the Trinity, which they are not allowed to display.


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