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BOXER SAYS SAN ONOFRE DOCUMENTS MISSING via UT San Diego

Senator claims federal regulators might be withholding items sought in probe of plant

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., says federal regulators might be improperly concealing documents on a long-running investigation at the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant.

In a letter to Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane, Boxer said she made several requests for documents related to the ongoing probe at the seaside plant, as far back as May 2012. But certain records “may have been removed” before boxes of NRC documents were delivered to her office in June, said Boxer, who heads the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “Any effort to obstruct or impede my oversight activities is unacceptable,” Boxer wrote Thursday.

The NRC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Boxer said materials delivered to the committee contained two indexes, one full and one partial, of records that were included, raising questions about the agency’s transparency. She said the second, partial index lists records that do not appear in the boxes delivered to her office. She requested Macfarlane release a complete second index, along with the documents listed on it.

She also asked the agency to produce any documents or emails “that relate to any direction to NRC staff to withhold documents from me or describe the types of documents that should be withheld.”

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