Santa Barbara County supervisors try to halt Diablo Canyon re-licensing
August 4, 2010
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors wants the federal government to not relicense the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in Avila Beach. [AP]
Supervisors voted Tuesday to send a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, asking for a halt to the plant’s re-licensing because of concern over an earthquake fault near the PG&E-operated facility. In their letter, the supervisors call for further study of the earthquake fault.
County emergency services director Michael Harris says the recently discovered fault could generate a magnitude-6.5 quake. The plant is designed to withstand a magnitude-7.5 quake.
The vote in Santa barbara echos similar concerns expressed recently by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.