Supervisors want place on quake panel
September 14, 2011
In a decision steeped in unspoken suspicion, San Luis Obispo County supervisors Tuesday sought to install their own earthquake expert on a panel now eying Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, and to have PG&E ratepayers offset the $70,000 a year cost to the county.
PG&E is conducting studies into earthquake faults around the south county utility, and the panel is charged with monitoring those studies.
The board will seek permission from the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to allow a seismologist selected by the county to take a seat on a commission-initiated independent peer group, now numbering four and comprised of earthquake experts from four state agencies.
Supervisors also instructed staff to seek a qualified individual to represent the county’s interests pending a decision on the request by the PUC.
County officials are asking the state commission to force PG&E to pay the cost of the additional member, estimated to be $210,000 total for a three-year assignment.