Mothers for Peace officially challenge license renewal

March 23, 2010

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace officially filed papers Monday with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in Washington, D.C., opposing the license renewal of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

Mothers for Peace spokesperson Jane Swanson said attorney Diane Curran made the filing because the organization is seeking standing as “interventors” in the renewal process. The request forces the NRC to justify future decisions relating to the Diablo Canyon license renewal in writing.

In making the filing, Mothers for Peace expressed five major concerns about the Central Coast facility, including possible impacts from earthquakes and terrorist attacks, in addition to concerns about the safety of aging plant equipment.

“The newly discovered Shoreline Fault is located 300 meters from the intake structure and 600 meters from the power block,”  Swanson said. “PGE’s and NRC’s assumption that this previously unknown and unreviewed fault poses no threat to the safe operation of Diablo Canyon is based on only preliminary data, i.e. educated guesses.”

The PG&E licenses for Diablo Canyon are scheduled to expire in 2024 and 2025.

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I can’t think of one positive thing Mothers for Peace has done for society… except helping to bring us to complete dependence on foreign oil.

Roger Freberg

Well Roger, perhaps you can’t think of one positive thing because, as characterizes most of your comments, you seem to be completely uninformed. It was the MfP who held Diablo Canyon’s builders’ feet to the fire and exposed its failure to follow its own plans that, it turned out, were flawed. I know one of the workers who built the place, who expressed misgivings about it. Roger, do you think nuclear waste is harmless? Would you consent to storing nuclear waste on your property, or closer to your house in still larger amounts where it will be safe from terrorists because you will be so diligent in watching it? Does society include people in Avila Beach and Los Osos? Or downwind? How about you? What have you done for society lately? Do you know what I think you could do?

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