Uneven enforcement suspected at nuclear plants

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BOSTON (AP) -- A congressional study expected to be released later this month shows that the number of safety violations at nuclear power plants across the U.S. varies dramatically from region to region.

The Government Accountability Office report obtained by The Associated Press suggests inconsistent enforcement of regulations could be responsible.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission figures cited by the GAO shows that while the West region has the fewest reactors, it had the most lower-level violations in the 13-year period from 2000 to 2012.

A spokesman for the industry group Nuclear Energy Institute declined to comment pending release of the report. The NRC's public affairs office had no comment, citing the government shutdown.

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