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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A congressional study indicates that the Connecticut’s only nuclear plant had 173 lower-level safety violations between 2000 and the end of 2012.

The report by the Government Accountability Office also shows the Millstone Nuclear Power Plant in Waterford had two higher-level violations.

The study found that the number of safety violations varies dramatically across U.S. regions, suggesting that regulators interpret rules and guidelines differently from one part of the country to the next. It is awaiting release and was obtained by The Associated Press.

Lower-level violations identified by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission pose very low risk. Upper-level violations range from low to high safety significance, such as an improperly maintained electrical system that caused a fire and affected a plant’s ability to shut down safely.

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