Federal regulators found employees at Southern California Edison\u2019s San Onofre nuclear power plant falsified fire patrol and other records more than once. In response, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ordered the utility to expand its corporate ethics training for managers, supervisors, and employees. The NRC January 14 also required the utility to develop special training to prevent deliberate misconduct, order a safety culture assessment by an independent contractor, and monitor the effectiveness of its corrective actions. \u201cWillful violations by workers cannot be tolerated,\u201d stated NRC Region IV administrator Elmo Collins. \u201cThe NRC has confirmed several instances of willful violations at San Onofre during the past year. The NRC depends on a good faith effort of nuclear power plant workers to follow regulations,\u201d he added. The latest incidence was falsifying documents that showed utility staff making fire patrol rounds on a regular basis, although they did not occur, the NRC noted. Other violations, according to regulators, include when \u201ca radiographer deliberately failed to adhere to the terms of a radiation work permit and a technician willfully failed to control the work activities of an unqualified technician performing work on safety-related equipment, which rendered a safety system inoperable for a short time.\u201d In addition, \u201ctwo willful violations have been documented for security-related matters,\u201d according to the agency. Edison stated that it \u201cagrees with the NRC that behavior by workers that violate site and NRC requirements cannot be tolerated.\u201d It added, \u201cWe believe the extensive program we have already begun to implement will help strengthen site worker commitment to Edison\u2019s standards of conduct and those of the NRC.\u201d During a December 10 state Senate Energy Utilities & Communications Committee informational hearing on nuclear plants--held in response to political pressures to rethink California\u2019s ban on building nukes--Edison did not mention this ongoing problem with federal regulators. According to witnesses, as well as Edison\u2019s own briefing papers, the utility stressed the \u201cgreen\u201d footprint of the nuclear plant, namely that its ongoing operations emit little greenhouse gases. San Onofre is \u201cSouthern California\u2019s largest source of virtually carbon-free generation and enough to serve approximately 1.5 million Southern California households at a point in time,\u201d reiterated Edison when asked about the NRC order this week. Rochelle Becker, executive director of the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility and Vice-President of the Sierra Club National Radiation Committee, replied, \u201cWe cannot trust this utility to admit a problem and at least try to convince the state it is being corrected, rather they lie, by omission, and our regulators do not seem to call them on it.\u201d Edison is San Onofre\u2019s primary owner. San Diego Gas & Electric owns 20 percent, although it attempted to divest its portion in the last few years. However, the California Public Utilities Commission would not allow SDG&E to divest. Riverside owns about 2 percent.