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Nuclear plant gets nod to restart amid protests

A federal commission gave final approval Monday to start up the Diablo Canyon reactor as hundreds of antinuclear protesters continued their blockade. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, meeting in Washington, issued a license authorizing Pacific Gas & Electric Company to activate the plant on the central California coast for low-power tests.

As the commission met, the Abalone Alliance, a coalition of 71 antinuclear groups, continued its effrots to block workers from entering or leaving the main gate of the power plant site.

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Some 333 were arrested Monday, the San Luis Obispo County sheriff's office reported, bringing to 1,330 the number of arrests.