NRC listens to outcry on Diablo Canyon waste storage
November 21, 2013
About 200 members of the public addressed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Wednesday night in San Luis Obispo about the storage of nuclear waste at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, most of whom objected to the practice.
The NRC is in the process of drafting new rules for the storage of spent fuel for the nation’s 104 nuclear reactors. Pacific Gas and Electric, which operates Diablo Canyon, stores spent fuel in both pools and dry casks at the power plant.
“Nobody wants a nuclear waste repository on their coastline,” San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill said Wednesday. “I think all of us have agreed that the lack of a permanent disposal policy is a terrible burden on our county.”
Hill, whose district includes Diablo Canyon, said he has already sent a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein asking her to prod legislators to create a storage facility for the nuclear waste. Hill also said the Board of Supervisors would draft a collective letter stating its concerns about the amount of fuel stored in the pools at Diablo Canyon and the safety of transferring the rest to dry casks.
The federal government previously planned to move waste from nuclear power plants to a storage site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, but the Obama Administration defunded the project.
The NRC is taking public comment on its proposed rules for nuclear waste storage until December 20. It has issued an environmental impact statement saying that storage of nuclear waste at reactor sites for 100 years is a safe practice.