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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a fine of $75,000 for a variety of alleged violations at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, the commission said. The six violations include the failure by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to place the Diablo 2 reactor in “hot shutdown” when two of three auxiliary feed-water pumps were inoperable for two days in January. Hot shutdown means that normal pressure and temperature are maintained in the reactor’s primary cooling loop but the reactor is shut down, the NRC said. PG&E; spokesman George Sarkisian said the utility “accepts complete responsibility . . . and will pay the fine.”


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