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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has applied for a 20-year extension of its operating licenses for the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. The current operating licenses for Diablo Canyon’s two nuclear reactors expire in 2024 and 2025, respectively. PG&E has applied to continue operations until 2044/2045.

Mothers for Peace has challenged this license extension.  Pertinent documents can be found below.

January 3, 2013 - Mothers for Peace legal challenge to NRC regarding "waste confidence" process
SAN LUIS OBISPO MOTHERS FOR PEACE + 23 OTHER GROUPS NATIONWIDE CHALLENGE THE NRC FOR RUSHING THE NUCLEAR “WASTE CONFIDENCE” PROCESS AND FAILING TO SATISFY COURT-ORDERED REQUIREMENTS. The incomplete process should trigger continued suspension of all reactor licensing and re-licensing actions.
2012-11-09 Mothers for Peace opposes NRC rush job
Mothers for Peace joins with other groups to ensure public participation in decisions about radioactive waste.
2012-11-09 MOTHERS FOR PEACE OPPOSES NRC RUSH JOB
Mothers for Peace joins with other groups to ensure public participation in decisions about radioactive waste.
2012-08-07 NRC FREEZES ALL NUCLEAR REACTOR CONSTRUCTION & OPERATING LICENSES IN U.S.
Decision Follows 24 Groups’ June Petition in Wake of Major Waste Confidence Rule Decision; Most Reactor Projects Already Stymied by Bad Economics and Cheaper Fuel Alternatives
2012-08-06 TESTS BEING PLANNED BY PG&E TO ASSESS SEISMIC RISKS OFFSHORE AND NEAR THE DIABLO CANYON NUCLEAR POWER PLANT
Seismic tests designed by PG&E threaten marine life and no not include studying a fault directly under Unit 1 reactor.
2012-08-07 NRC FREEZES ALL NUCLEAR REACTOR CONSTRUCTION & OPERATING LICENSES IN U.S.
Decision Follows 24 Groups’ June Petition in Wake of Major Waste Confidence Rule Decision; Most Reactor Projects Already Stymied by Bad Economics and Cheaper Fuel Alternatives
2012 STATE REBUFFS COUNTY, ENVIRONMENTALISTS ON VENUE CHANGE FOR PG&E SEISMIC TESTING HEARING
California State Lands Commission refuses to move hearing on PG&E seismic testing to San Luis Obispo County
2012 STATE REBUFFS COUNTY, ENVIRONMENTALISTS ON VENUE CHANGE FOR PG&E SEISMIC TESTING HEARING
The California State Lands Commission refuses to hold its hearing in San Luis Obispo County
2012-7-26 SUMMARY OF POST-FUKUSHIMA SAN LUIS OBISPO MOTHERS FOR PEACE LEGAL ACTIONS
The following summaries describe some of the post-Fukushima SLOMFP legal challenges. The more recent ones are listed first. Supporting legal documents and press releases are posted under the topic of License Renewal.
June 8, 2012 Waste Confidence Rule rejected by U.S. Court of Appeals
In a landmark decision on June 8, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected the Waste Confidence Rule. This was followed by a petiton by 22 groups and 2 individuals to require the NRC to implement this decision before final licensing decisions are made. This includes Mothers for Peace and the relicensing decision regarding Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.
April 26, 2012 - MFP files two new contentions challenging the adequacy of PG&E's Environmental Report for the proposed license renewal of Diablo Canyon
The contentions assert that PG&E’s Environmental Report does not satisfy U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (“NRC”) regulations for implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) because it does not address PG&E’s plans for complying with recent NRC directives for seismic and flooding risk investigations and new safety measures in response to the Fukushima Daiichi accident of 2011.
2012 Update on Opposition to License Renewal
In terms of safety and security, it is not in the public interest to add an additional 20 years to the operating life of the two reactors at Diablo Canyon.
2011 Mothers for Peace Newsletter
Fall 2011 Newsletter
2011-10-12 NRC Undermines Federal Law in Decision regarding Diablo Canyon
In 2010, the NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board granted the Mothers for Peace a hearing on four contentions regarding PG&E's license renewal application. On October 12, 2011, however, the five NRC commissioners agreed to hear only one of those contentions and reversed the decision to hear the three others. Mothers for Peace believes that this decision excuses PG&E and the NRC from having to fully comply with the laws that are intended to protect the public.
2011-8-11: 26 groups, including Mothers for Peace, call on the NRC to delay or cancel reactor licensing due to existing federal law
MULTIPLE LEGAL CHALLENGES: ALL NUCLEAR REACTOR LICENSING MUST BE DELAYED OR CANCELLED DUE TO EXISTING FEDERAL LAW 26 Groups Call on Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Follow Legal Requirements for Reactor Licensing & Relicensing
2011-6-07 52 MONTH DELAY IN DIABLO CANYON LICENSE RENEWAL HEARING SCHEDULE
A June 7 Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Order to delay for 52 months the schedule for hearings on an application for license renewal at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant leads to the inescapable conclusion that the original schedule was unjustified.
2011-4-11 MFP Position Paper on implications of Fukushima disaster
Mothers for Peace responds to the tragedy in Japan and the implications for Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.
Mothers for Peace joins 45 groups in petition to NRC: suspend ALL licensing
A total of 45 groups and individuals from across the nation are formally asking the NRC to immediately suspend all licensing and other activities until a thorough post-Fukushima reactor crisis examination is completed.
2011-4-12 MFP presentation to San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors
Jane Swanson spoke before the Board of Supervisors on behalf of the Mothers for Peace regarding PG&E's application for license renewal for Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.
File PG&E letter to NRC license renewal delay
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