Blakeslee blasts PG&E for disregarding risk at Diablo
March 22, 2011
Sen. Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo), a geophysicist with a doctorate in earthquake studies, asked PG&E on Monday to suspend its efforts to renew licenses until it has completed earthquake studies suggested by the California Energy Commission. [BayCitizen]
PG&E is seeking to extend operations of the two nuclear reactors by 20 years, until 2044 and 2045.
Blakeslee cited the recent tragedies in Japan and San Bruno as evidence more research is needed.
“I’m concerned mostly about this culture of disregard of risk and the lack of concern regarding uncertainty,” Blakeslee said during the hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness Response and Recovery
Even so, Steve David, director of site services at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant, replied when asked if PG&E would voluntarily suspend permitting efforts, “At this time, I don’t have that information.”
In response, Blakeslee said he would again draft legislation to require the company to delay permitting efforts until the seismic risks are better understood.
A similar bill Blakeslee authored was unanimously approved by the Legislature before being vetoed in 2009 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“It’s a culture that’s become endemic in PG&E and it has resulted in loss of life and potentially putting my constituents in a place of great risk,” Blakeslee said.