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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.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) held a meeting in San Luis Obispo December 18, 2013 to discuss NRC’s assessment of  operations at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant from January, 2012 through June, 2013.  The NRC Region IV staff judged that “Diablo Canyon Power Plant operated in a manner that preserved public health and safety.” PG&E’s Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer, Ed Halpin, repeatedly stated that public safety is the number one priority of the Diablo Canyon “team”.

 

Approximately 50 members of the public were present. Five members of San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP) spoke, along with four other members of the community, all of them stating their support of Mothers for Peace as part of their remarks. All speakers contested the NRC’s judgement that Diablo was a safe facility, and all urged the NRC to shut it down. Linde Owen urged PG&E to install wind and solar energy on the large area of land on which the Diablo plant is situated. She also pointed out that the millions of gallons of ocean water used daily to cool the plant could be harnessed as a hydro-generator.

 

MFP spokesperson Jane Swanson pointed out the contradictions between problems identified in NRC inspection reports and the NRC’s declaration that Diablo is operated safely. She listed some of the “failures” documented by the NRC, including failure to provide the NRC with accurate information, failure to maintain its fire suppression equipment, and failure to get approval from the NRC when making changes in maintenance procedures. In her concluding statement, Ms. Swanson stated,

 

“Mothers for Peace draws a different conclusion than the NRC from the evidence in the inspection reports. We recognize that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link and are not willing to play Russian roulette. Diablo, surrounded by 13 earthquake faults, has been inherently unsafe from the beginning. And despite the best efforts of conscientious workers, the record of 2012 documents that mechanical and human error pose meaningful risks to this extremely complex and outdated plant. We can’t afford the risks posed by Diablo, and we don’t need the power.”

 

MFP Board member Sherry Lewis pointed out “there is evidence that the safety systems and components may not survive intact with an earthquake on either the Hosgri or the Shoreline fault.  In fact, PG&E attempted a sleight of hand, by trying to void the Double Design Standard and cleave only to the original Design Basis and also the Hosgri Earthquake as the only necessary standards, tacitly assuming, but not proving, that a rupture on either fault will not damage the safety systems and components.”

 

MFP member Carole Hisasue said she was “deeply disturbed that nuclear power plants are regulated by “probability” and ‘cost benefit.’ You ought to be creating contingencies for every ‘possibility.’ Even in economic terms, this makes more sense because the costs of a disaster are astronomical.”

 

This meeting was video-recorded and will be available for viewing on public access television and at http://video.nrc.gov/#searcharchivedwebcasts

 



Jane Swanson janeslo@icloud.com (805) 440-1359




 


 

Jill, might you post this on MFP website?  I corrected the spelling error in the version I sent earlier.

Can you open this word doc?





CITIZENS CONTEST NRC JUDGMENT OF DIABLO SAFETY RECORD

 

Press release, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace

For Immediate Release                 Contacts:       Jane Swanson, spokesperson  

December 19, 2013                                                            San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace     

                                                                                    (805) 440-1359

                                                                                    janeslo@me.com

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) held a meeting in San Luis Obispo December 18, 2013 to discuss NRC’s assessment of  operations at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant from January, 2012 through June, 2013.  The NRC Region IV staff judged that “Diablo Canyon Power Plant operated in a manner that preserved public health and safety.” PG&E’s Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer, Ed Halpin, repeatedly stated that public safety is the number one priority of the Diablo Canyon “team”.

Approximately 50 members of the public were present. Five members of San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP) spoke, along with four other members of the community, all of them stating their support of Mothers for Peace as part of their remarks. All speakers contested the NRC’s judgement that Diablo was a safe facility, and all urged the NRC to shut it down. Linde Owen urged PG&E to install wind and solar energy on the large area of land on which the Diablo plant is situated. She also pointed out that the millions of gallons of ocean water used daily to cool the plant could be harnessed as a hydro-generator.

MFP spokesperson Jane Swanson pointed out the contradictions between problems identified in NRC inspection reports and the NRC’s declaration that Diablo is operated safely. She listed some of the “failures” documented by the NRC, including failure to provide the NRC with accurate information, failure to maintain its fire suppression equipment, and failure to get approval from the NRC when making changes in maintenance procedures. In her concluding statement, Ms. Swanson stated,

“Mothers for Peace draws a different conclusion than the NRC from the evidence in the inspection reports. We recognize that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link and are not willing to play Russian roulette. Diablo, surrounded by 13 earthquake faults, has been inherently unsafe from the beginning. And despite the best efforts of conscientious workers, the record of 2012 documents that mechanical and human error pose meaningful risks to this extremely complex and outdated plant. We can’t afford the risks posed by Diablo, and we don’t need the power.”

MFP Board member Sherry Lewis pointed out “there is evidence that the safety systems and components may not survive intact with an earthquake on either the Hosgri or the Shoreline fault.  In fact, PG&E attempted a sleight of hand, by trying to void the Double Design Standard and cleave only to the original Design Basis and also the Hosgri Earthquake as the only necessary standards, tacitly assuming, but not proving, that a rupture on either fault will not damage the safety systems and components.”

MFP member Carole Hisasue said she was “deeply disturbed that nuclear power plants are regulated by “probability” and ‘cost benefit.’ You ought to be creating contingencies for every ‘possibility.’ Even in economic terms, this makes more sense because the costs of a disaster are astronomical.”

This meeting was video-recorded and will be available for viewing on public access television and at http://video.nrc.gov/#searcharchivedwebcasts



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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