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9th circuit court bldgMothers for Peace is on the home stretch of the protracted litigation in our second challenge of the Nuclear Regulatory commission before the Ninth circuit Court.  Like the 2006 ruling in favor of Mothers for Peace, the outcome of our case has the potential to affect policy for all 104 nuclear facilities in the nation.  If Mothers for Peace is successful, the case will set a major new precedent for government accountability with respect to security-related decision-making in the post-9/11 era.  The oral argument took place on November 4, 2010. A decision is expected by the Spring of 2011.

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.
2013-09-24 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.
2012 article by Robert Lewin on Emergency Management
Robert Lewin is the county fire chief in San Luis Obispo, California. He examines the state of American preparedness following the disaster in Fukushima.
2011-05-18 NRC Decades Late in Considering Public Safety
This Viewpoint was published in the San Luis Obispo Tribune on May 18, 2011. It points out that only since the disaster in Fukushima is the NRC beginning to ask nuclear plants to report on how they plan to prevent massive radiation releases in case of an extreme event.
2011-02-15 News Release: Federal Court Fails to Hold NRC Accountable for Public Safety
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the petition by Mothers for Peace to overturn a licensing decision by the NRC regarding the dry cask radioactive waste storage facility at Diablo Canyon.
2010-11-04 Oral Arguments Presented by Mothers for Peace in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding terrorism impacts at Diablo Canyon
Mothers for Peace argues that the NRC violated federal environmental law when it refused to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement addressing the potentially catastrophic impact of an attack on the Diablo Canyon spent fuel storage facility.
2006-06-02 A MFP Win in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
The Ninth Circuit Court rules in favor of Mothers for Peace regarding terrorism and the dry cask storage project at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. A link to the Court ruling is included.
2010 Newsletter
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace pursues Ninth Circuit Court Appeal and opposition to Diablo Canyon License Renewal.
2009, September Newsletter
Mothers for Peace goes back to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to force the NRC to do its job.
2005 Newsletter
Highlight of the year: our day in court!
2009 February Newsletter
Mothers for Peace celebrates 40 years of working for peace, social justice, and a safe global environment.
2003-08-22 Monthly Update
Mothers for Peace collaborates with multiple nuclear watchdog groups.
2006 December Newsletter
Mothers for Peace won a crucial case in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals!
2004 December Newsletter
Mothers for Peace ACTION COMMITTEE spearheads legislation to place a limit on the amount of nuclear waste that can be stored onsite.
2010-05-26 San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace to Argue Against License Renewal for Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant
The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will hear arguments for Mothers for Peace Contentions on May 26, 2010.
MFP Attacks Faulty Reasoning of Nuclear Regulatory Commission
NRC attempts to stop MFP from obtaining a hearing before the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals
2009-02-11 Mothers for Peace takes NRC back to federal court for flaunting federal laws
Attorney Diane Curran accuses the NRC of illegal secrecy and of refusing to comply with federal laws.
Mothers for Peace petitions Ninth Circuit to reverse four unlawful NRC rulings
Mothers for Peace asks for access to the documents upon which the NRC claims to have relied in reaching its conclusion that even a successful terrorist attack on the dry casks would have 'no significant impact' on the environment.
Dissenting Opinion Supports MFP Challenge in Terrorist Case
Although Contention 2 was denied by the NRC Commissioners, Commissioner Gregory Jaczko wrote an 8 page opinion in support of the MFP position.
2008-09-30 Mothers for Peace Comments on California Energy Commission Nuclear Power Plant Assessment
In its comments to the CEC, Mothers for Peace stated: "The Energy Commission, working with the CPUC as part of the CPUC’s authority to fund and oversee utilities’ plant relicensing feasibility studies, should develop a plan for reviewing the costs and benefits of nuclear plant license extensions, scope of evaluation, and the criteria for assessment."
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