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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.

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
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
FINAL PROCESSING of Diablo Canyon License Renewal DELAYED, but renewal process continues
PG&E has requested that only the final approval for the license renewal process be delayed until after the 3D seismic studies are complete. The license renewal process is to continue on schedule.
File PG&E letter to NRC license renewal delay
2011- 3-24 Press Release: MFP predicts backlash against nuclear power
MFP press release responding to crisis in Japan
2011 Disaster in Japan
Despite the many precautions and redundant features used in nuclear power facilities, the forces of nature remain unpredictable and - and in Japan - devastating.
Below is a summary of current actions challenging the NRC and PG&E as of February, 2011.
NRC Public Meeting Re: PG&E's ability to manage the effects of aging Jan 27, 2011 from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM Courtyard by Marriott, Grand Ballroom, 1605 Calle Joaquin Road, SLO ,
The NRC is holding a public meeting on Thursday, Jan. 27. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the results of an inspection report regarding PG&E's "ability to manage the effects of aging on plant systems, structures, and components for an additional 20 years of operation beyond the expiration date of their current licenses."
MFP Presentation January 12, 2011: Addressing the Dangers of Living Downwind of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Jan 12, 2011 from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM Santa Maria Public Library, Shepard Hall, 421 S. McClelland Street ,
Mothers for Peace representatives will present a slideshow presentation and discussion of the dangers of living near Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.
2010 Newsletter
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace pursues Ninth Circuit Court Appeal and opposition to Diablo Canyon License Renewal.

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