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High level radioactive waste is stored at Diablo Canyon in pools and in dry casks.  Mothers for Peace is currently in litigation regarding the dry cask storage facility and the potential impact of terrorism on the surrounding environment. (Also see 'security and terrorism.')

2014-03-03 World Business Academy released a report on negative health trends in the area surrounding the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant
While many factors can affect disease and death rates, the official public health data presented in this report suggest a probable link between the routine, federally-permitted emissions of radioactivity from the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant and elevated health risks among those infants, children and adults living closest to the reactors.
2014-03-02 Mothers for Peace files petition to halt licensing proceedings at Diablo Canyon
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace Attorney Diane Curran Files Petition to Halt Licensing Proceedings at Diablo Canyon Until New and Significant Environmental Consequences of a Small Spent Fuel Pool Fire Have Been Considered
2014-02-18 Mothers for Peace demands NRC suspend all licensing decisions until pool fire risks are assessed
WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 18, 2014 ( newswire) New information from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) showing that even a small nuclear reactor pool fire could render 9,400 square miles uninhabitable and displace 4.1 million Americans on a long-term basis are among the factors causing 34 environment organizations to file a petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to hold off on additional reactor licensing.
Union of Concerned Scientists endorses Mothers for Peace
David Lochbaum has been supportive of SLOMFP for many years, and continues to consult with MFP attorney Diane Curran in 2014.
2013 Mothers for Peace Response to Seismic Testing
MFP revised position on high energy acoustic blasting recommended by the California State Legislature
December 20, 2013: Mothers for Peace files comments on NRC's Draft Waste Confidence Rule
Thirty-three environmental organizations filed jointly in oppostion to the proposed rule.
December 2013: Citizens Contest NRC Judgment of Diablo Safety Record
PG&E and the NRC judge Diablo Canyon's operation record as 'safe.' Members of the community disagree.
December 18, 2013 NRC Meeting on 'current operating performance'
THE NEXT NRC MEETING IN SAN LUIS OBISPO will be on: December 18 6:30pm Embassy Suites Hotel at 333 Madonna Road The subject of this meeting is the current operating performance of the Diablo nuclear plant.
2013-12-08 Send in your comments on Waste Confidence before Dec. 20
Comments on the NRC’s disgraceful draft Waste Confidence Rule and Generic Environmental Impact Statement must be sent before the deadline of December 20, 2013. Here is some suggested wording, which we encourage supporters to copy and edit as they wish. Note that comments may be sent by email or as a mailed letter.
2013 Synopsis of NRC November 20 Waste Confidence Meeting, SLO
November 20, 2013 NRC meeting in SLO
If you want do one thing to oppose nuclear power this year, this is it! Attend this meeting and speak out!
2013-09-24 Study on Vulnerability of Dry Casks to Terrorist Attack
The vulnerability of dry casks to terrorist attacks has been extensively studied. As the NRC proposes to update its so-called "Waste Confidence Act" and the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement, it must recognize that, although dry casks are much less dangerous than spent fuel pools, the casks also need to be protected against potential terrorist attacks.
Mothers for Peace Attorney Diane Curran urges public participation in Sept. 18 NRC meeting
September 18 meeting on the NRC’s Draft Consequence Study regarding expedited transfer of spent fuel from high-density storage into dry storage/low-density storage is scheduled from 10:00am – 5:00pm, EDT. Pre-register with Kevin Witt at 301-415-2145 or if you wish to speak via phone bridge at 888-324-8193 and pass code: 4345562
2013-09-10 Mothers for Peace asks SLO Board of Supervisors for Faster Transfer of Radioactive Waste into Casks
The overcrowded spent fuel pools present the greatest dangers at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.
2013-09-10 Mothers for Peace asks Board of Supervisors to Push for Faster Transfer of Wastes into Casks
The overcrowded spent fuel pools present the greatest dangers at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.
The State of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Waste Confidence Act, as of September 2013.
The NRC will be holding a has public meeting on the Waste Confidence Act in San Luis Obispo on October 7, 2013. A link to details of location and time is included in the document below.
2013-09-04 The State of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Waste Confidence Act
The challenge of permanent and safe storage of high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants has long been the Achilles’ heel of the industry. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has long reiterated that it has “confidence” that a solution will be forthcoming.
2013 - 9- 03 The State of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Waste Confidence Act, as of September 2013
The NRC has failed for decades to come up with a realistic long-term plan for what to do with radioactive wastes from nuclear reactors. And now a federal court has ordered the agency to study the environmental impacts of storing spent fuel indefinitely in the event that no permanent nuclear waste repository comes to fruition.
Mothers for Peace counters PG&E's arguments for Diablo Canyon license renewal
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) uses half-truths, distortions, and irrelevant information in its attempt to justify license renewal for the two nuclear reactors at Diablo Canyon.
2013 Viewpoint: Diablo's Safety is Key Concern
In response to an opinion piece in The Tribune on July 14, 2013, Mothers for Peace spokesperson Jane Swanson rebutted the argument that local economics makes the operation of Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors imperative and relicensing thus essential. Mothers for Peace argues that SAFETY is the key concern.

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