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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.')

2015 - 04 - 16 New Seismic Contentions Filed
MOTHERS FOR PEACE CONTENDS DIABLO CANYON IS NOT PROTECTED AGAINST REASONABLY FORESEEABLE SEVERE EARTHQUAKES AND FLOODS. Group urges U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to refuse 20-year license term extension for lack of risk analysis and environmental protection measures.
2015 - 04 - 15 New Contention Regarding Adequacy of Severe Accident Mitigation Alternatives Analysis
SAN LUIS OBISPO MOTHERS FOR PEACE’S MOTION TO FILE NEW CONTENTIONS REGARDING ADEQUACY OF SEVERE ACCIDENT MITIGATION ALTERNATIVES ANALYSIS FOR DIABLO CANYON LICENSE RENEWAL APPLICATION
2015 - 04 - 07 Press release, new Environmental Contentions Filed
MOTHERS FOR PEACE ACCUSES PG&E OF FAILING TO ADMIT THAT RENEWABLES ARE PLENTIFUL AND MUCH SAFER THAN EXTENDED DIABLO CANYON OPERATION COULD EVER BE
2015 - 04 - 07 MOTHERS FOR PEACE TELLS NRC THAT ENERGY NEEDS CAN BE MET WITHOUT RE-LICENSING DIABLO CANYON
GROUP ACCUSES PG&E OF FAILING TO ADMIT THAT RENEWABLES ARE PLENTIFUL AND MUCH SAFER THAN EXTENDED DIABLO CANYON OPERATION COULD EVER BE
2015 - 01 - 25 Summary of Mothers for Peace intervention during the year 2014
Below is a summary of legal actions filed during 2014 by Attorney Diane Curran on behalf of San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, will allied organizations included in some cases. For details, use the search box at mothersforpeace.org
2015 - 01 - 25 Summary of Mothers for Peace intervention the year 2014
Below is a summary of legal actions filed by attorney Diane Curran on behalf of San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace and allied organizations nationwide. For more detailed information use the search box at mothersforpeace.org
2015 - 01 - 28 ACTIVISTS MEET TO PLAN STRATEGIES TO SHUT DOWN DIABLO AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
During the weekend of January 23 to 25, 2015, activists from not only California, but throughout the United States and two from Japan, gathered in San Luis Obispo to discuss key nuclear issues and strategies for shutting down Diablo Canyon, California's last operating nuclear power plant.
2014 - 12 - 03 SAM BLAKESLEE, PH.D. TESTIFIES BEFORE THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS
Sam Blakeslee severely criticizes PG&E's report on the seismic safety of Diablo Canyon at a Hearing called by Senator Barbara Boxer. Blakeslee is the former leader of the California State Senate and earned a Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara for his research in seismic scattering, micro-earthquake studies, and fault-zone attenuation.
2014-10-29 Mothers for Peace joins other environmental groups and NRDC in lawsuits challening NRC failure to comply with 2012 court ruling on nuclear waste storage
Nine environmental groups and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed separate lawsuits today in the D.C. Court of Appeals challenging the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) decision to proceed with an “extended waste storage rule” and a generic environmental impact statement that fail to comply with a 2012 federal court ruling that had previously reversed the NRC.
2014 - 10 - 29 Mothers for Peace and NRDC Challenge NRC Failure to Comply with Court Ruling on Nuclear Waste Storage
Nine environmental groups, including San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed separate lawsuits today in the D.C. Court of Appeals challenging the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) decision to proceed with an “extended waste storage rule” and a generic environmental impact statement that fail to comply with a 2012 federal court ruling that had previously reversed the NRC.
2014 - 09 - 29 MOTHERS FOR PEACE URGES NRC TO HALT RELICENSING OF DIABLO CANYON DUE TO FAILURE TO ADDRESS 2012 COURT RULING
Mothers for Peace joined with 16 other groups nationwide to stop licensing and relicensing of nuclear facilities because of NRC failure to address critical waste issues. MFP attorney Diane Curran states: “NRC has long acknowledged that before licensing a reactor, the Atomic Energy Act requires it to make Waste Confidence findings that spent fuel can be safely disposed of in a geologic repository at some point in the future. The NRC even said it would not license a reactor if it could not make such a finding. Yet, the NRC has now arbitrarily dropped those findings from its regulations, claiming they are not necessary. The absence of Waste Confidence findings is a significant safety issue that should concern the public because spent fuel poses a serious public health and environmental hazard from which the public and environment can only be protected long-term with a geologic repository. Yet there is no repository in sight today.”
2014-08-21 34 GROUPS URGE NRC TO POSTPONE KEY VOTES IN ORDER TO AVOID “TAINT” OF MAGWOOD CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Latest Step Follows Announced August 31st Departure of “Fatally Compromised” Magwood on Heels of June and July Letters Urging Him to Step Down for Violations of Ethics Laws in Seeking and Landing a Job Promoting Nuclear Energy.
2014 - 06 - 26 MFP demands the NRC consider new information on the environmental impacts of high-density pool storage.
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (SLOMFP) is among 34 organizations filing an amended rulemaking petition on June 26, 2014.
2014 - 06 - 27 SUMMARY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO MOTHERS FOR PEACE’S RECENT ACTIONS
Since 1973, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace has had legal standing as an intervenor to take action when we see the NRC as failing to enforce federal law to protect public safety in matters related to the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.
2014 - 05 - 22 Statement made at NRC Annual Assessment Meeting in SLO
Spokesperson Jane Swanson commented on the deceptive label of "green" NRC findings and the extreme dangers posed by high burn up radioactive wastes.
TOPICS FOR MAY 22 NRC MEETING -"ANNUAL ASSESSMENT"
The list below includes suggestions for topics you might want to speak to. If you are unable to be physically present at the meeting, you can submit comments electronically at Ryan.Alexander@nrc.gov We suggest your subject line be DIABLO CANYON ANNUAL ASSESSMENT COMMENT
2014-05-15 Comments on Direct Rule re List of Approved Storage Casks
Request for Rescission of the Direct Rule, and Request for Publication of a New and Revised Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Docket No. 13-0271
2014 - 05 - 04 Suggested Sources in Support of SLOMFP Positions
• Nuclear is not an answer to climate change • The effects of Diablo on human health is a topic long overdue for serious study • Sustainable sources of energy are available now
2014 - 05 - 04 Suggested Sources in Support of SLOMFP Positions
• Nuclear is not an answer to climate change • The effects of Diablo on human health is a topic long overdue for serious study • Sustainable sources of energy are available now
2014 - 05 - 01 HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE at Diablo Canyon
The terms “spent, used or depleted fuel” are euphemisms, referring to the fuel’s usefulness for generating electricity, NOT to its radioactive content. High-level radioactive waste (“spent or used fuel”) is the fuel from the hot core of commercial nuclear power plants.
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