San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace is a non-profit organization concerned with the local dangers involving the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, and with the dangers of nuclear power, weapons and waste on national and global levels. Additionally, Mothers for Peace works to promote peace and a nuclear-free, carbon-free world, utilizing conservation and sustainable resources.
EPA's "Clean Power Plan" is not clean!
On June 18, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed "Clean Power Plan" to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing stationary Electric Generating Units. On December 1, 2014, Attorney Diane Curran submitted comments on this plan on behalf of thirty-two national and regional environmental organizations and Texas State Representative Lou Burnam.
A few of the comments include:
- The EPA has set carbon emissions targets far below levels that are necessary to achieve meaningful and timely carbon reductions;
- EPA's designation of natural gas and nuclear energy as "best system of emission reduction" (BSER) electricity sources is arbitrary and capricious;
- Significant carbon emission reductions are demonstrably feasible and cost-effective in all U.S. states by using renewables and energy efficiency.
- Read the comments here
Sam Blakeslee Criticizes PG&E's Seismic Safety Report
Diablo Canyon in Peril?
Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission senior resident inspector at Diablo Canyon, Dr. Michael Peck, argues that the plant should be shut down until
PG&E can prove that the reactors can withstand potential earthquakes from the nearby faults.
8/25/14 AP report: The Associated Press.
Dr. Peck's Differing Professional Opinion: document
Friends of the Earth: www.foe.org/diablo
In July of 2013, Dr. Peck filed a dissent over the NRC's decision to allow the reactors to operate despite newly identified seismic risks. The NRC's policy is to rule on such dissents within 120 days of filing, yet the NRC still has not ruled on Dr. Peck's opinion.
Senator Barbara Boxer, chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, announced that it would hold hearings into how the NRC has handled Peck's recommendation.
8/26/14: One day after the release of the document suppressed by the NRC, Friends of the Earth filed a petition charging that the plant is in violation of its license. "Citing the fact that the new seismic data shows that the reactors do not meet their licensing specifications and requirements and could therefore fail catastrophically in a massive earthquake, Friends of the Earth is asking that the NRC close the Diablo reactors and convene a public review with hearings to assess whether or not the reactors can be run safely and if so under what kind of revised license."
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is analyzing samples of seawater, looking for radioactive contaminants from Fukushima.
Mothers for Peace is sponsoring sample collections at Pismo Beach. Results from the first sample date (February 9, 2014) show Cs134 below detection. You can find all current results at http://ourradioactiveocean.org/results.html
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Thirty-three environmental organizations filed jointly in opposition to the proposed rule. The filing also includes a petition to revise and integrate all environmental regulations related to spent fuel storage. Comments on NRC's Draft WasteConfidence Rule were filed on December 20, 2013.