Diablo Canyon is safe
February 3, 2014
OPINION By GARY KIRKLAND
The Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant is one of the safest places on earth. Back in the 1980’s, I took a tour of the plant as a science teacher in this county. We went wherever we wished, except to the actual nuclear containment domes. The place is extremely over built for safety. The plant is way above the ocean where any tsunami could hit. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has very large pools of fresh water above the plant that would cool any overheating in the facility. Gravity operates this system.
Over the years, I have talked to people who work there. They confirm that PG&E has done everything they can to make this place as safe as humanly possible.
I think the people such as those in Mothers for Peace and the Abalone Alliance are afraid of dying because they worry so much about the safety of nuclear power plants. Do they know where they are going after they die and want to stay alive as long as possible to delay going there?
The Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant is quite safe and provides much needed electricity for customers. Those who want to close the plant should quit using electricity from PG&E and allow the rest of us to have the electricity we want and need.
Gary Kirkland is an Atascadero resident and president of the San Luis Obispo County Libertarian Party.