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.