2017 - 09- 14 Spokesperson Linda Seeley addresses the CPUC

The following is the message of Linda Seeley to the California Public Utilities Commission at a public meeting in San Luis Obispo in September, 2017. Her topic is on-site storage of radioactive waste at Diablo Canyon.
Thank you for coming to San Luis Obispo to hear the voices of those who are most affected by the ongoing operation and upcoming closure of Diablo Canyon. 
 
The CPUC has a great opportunity in it oversight of Diablo Canyon's closure. This site is plagued by the reality of having to store 2,000 tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste on an earthquake fault-ridden coastline into the foreseeable future. Currently, the waste in the dry cask storage is sealed in 1/2-inch thick stainless steel canisters inside concrete overpacking affixed to huge concrete slabs, easily visible from the air and from the sea. 
 
You have the chance to give PG&E its marching orders: pack the waste in the type of robust containers that are used in Europe and Japan, and create a model site for hardened on-site storage, better known as HOSS. In HOSS, dry casks are bermed and shielded from visual detection. They are distributed out over a large area so that they are not as vulnerable to terrorism or acts of malice. They are safer.
 
At Fukushima, the only part of the nuclear plants that were not destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami were the dry canisters. They were made of 9-inch thick steel. The CPUC can order PG&E to find a vendor to supply similar canisters to the waste at Diablo Canyon. You can also order PG&E to build the country's first HOSS site for waste storage. If PG&E complies with your orders, then they can recoup the costs from the ratepayers. If not, they must bear the cost alone. 
 
If you order that such measures to be taken for the spent fuel, you will be protecting the population in a responsible, thoughtful way. There is no solution to the highly radioactive spent fuel problem - nowhere for it to go - so it's much more logical to plan for its relatively safe storage on site.