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Oroville Dam earthquake probe may be needed

A federal inspection has concluded that Northern California's Oroville Dam needs a comprehensive earthquake safety assessment

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A federal inspection has concluded that Northern California’s Oroville Dam needs a comprehensive earthquake safety assessment.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/18Mtze9) the dam, the tallest in the nation, shows no significant flaws but inspectors recommended the review based on newer information about regional earthquake hazards.

The inspection was conducted in 2010 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Officials at the California Department of Water Resources say they don’t plan to conduct the recommended assessment because they don’t think the expense is justified. But they may be compelled to do it by state or federal regulators who are still considering the recommendation.

The dam on the Feather River is the primary storage facility for the State Water Project, the state-owned system that provides drinking water to more than 23 million people across the state.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com



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