The issue of PG&E rates and profits continues to be a source of controversy. PG&E is under enormous pressure to cut the costs of operation and maintenance at Diablo Canyon in order to sustain its profits, Clearly, this situation jeopardizes safe operations.
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace is a party to the California Public Utilities Commission proceeding A1608006, in which Pacific Gas and Electric Company has filed its Joint Proposal to shut down Diablo in 2025 when both operating licenses will expire. Mothers for Peace contends that the plant should close in 2019, thereby avoiding problems related to safety, reliability and costs.
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace co-sponsors Part V of the testimony of the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility. This section asks the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to deny PG&E's request that the rate-payers reimburse PG&E the $52.7 million PG&E incurred in its pursuit of license renewal for the Diablo Canyon plant between the years 2009 - 2016. See pages 6 - 39.
Mothers for Peace Spokespersons Linda Seeley and Jane Swanson provide a rationale for closing Diablo Canyon by 2019. PG&E agrees with Mothers for Peace that the plant is too expensive to maintain and that California has abundant sources of renewable energy. There is no need to accept the risks of operating the two reactors until 2025 as PG&E proposes.
Robert Freehling's report shows that renewable energy resources to replace needed electricity after the closure of Diablo Canyon will be available. California's clean energy policies will not be compromised by plant closure.
On Friday January 27, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (SLOMFP) through Ojai-based attorney Sabrina Venskus submitted expert testimony to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) showing that Diablo Canyon should be closed in 2019, not 2024, because it is becoming unsafe and unreliable. One of two expert witnesses for SLOMFP is David D. Jackson, Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences at UCLA.
David Jackson, Ph.D. is serving as an expert witness for San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace before the California Public Utilities Commission as it reviews PG&E's Joint Proposal for closure of the nuclear plant in 2024. Dr. Jackson makes the case for closure "at the earliest date that it is not absolutely necessary for electric power generation."
On Friday January 27, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (SLOMFP) through Ojai-based attorney Sabrina Venskus submitted expert testimony to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) showing that Diablo Canyon should be closed in 2019, not 2024, because it is becoming unsafe and unreliable. SLOMFP’s expert witness is nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen, chief engineer for Fairewinds Associates, Inc.
Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates, Inc., submitted testimony on behalf of Mothers for Peace in the California Public Utilities Commission case. Mothers for Peace argues for closure of Diablo Canyon in 2019 rather than 2024.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E’s) announcement on June 21, 2016, that the corporation plans to shut down Diablo Canyon in 2025 and replace its energy with renewables was a welcome surprise for San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP). PG&E agrees with MFP and other environmental organizations that the energy from Diablo is not needed and that carbon-free renewables can provide replacement power at lower cost.
On June 21, 2016, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced a Proposal to shut down Diablo Canyon nuclear plant at the end of its current licensing period and to bring renewables on-line. There were a number of organizations that joined with PG&E to work out this plan: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245, Coalition of California UtilityEmployees, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment California, and Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (SLOMFP) is pleased that on June 21, 2016 Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced plans to withdraw its application for license renewal for the two reactors at Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. The current licenses expire in 2024 and 2025. PG&E’s proposal secures a date certain for the final shutdown of the last nuclear plant in the state of California. Since 2009, when PG&E submitted its license renewal application to the NRC, SLOMFP has opposed the operation of Diablo Canyon on safety and environmental grounds.
In 2016 there are an increasing number of stories and opinion pieces in news media distorting the facts about nuclear power. Mothers for Peace Board Member Molly Johnson sets the record straight on several environmental concerns and safety issues.
California Senator Bill Monning has put before the California Senate SB 968. Mothers for Peace appreciates his intentions to prepare for the economic impacts of the closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in the event that it goes off-line before its current licenses expire in 2024 and 2025. However, in order to benefit the workers at the plant and the people of the central coast, we strongly suggest amendments.
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace supports the movement to pressure Congress to pass legislation to establish a carbon fee and dividend. Such legislation would address climate change in a meaningful way.It would support sustainable energy and environmental concerns.
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace is one of 30 organizations going on record as opposing SB 968. That bill as proposed would focus on the adverse economic impacts to be expected when the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant shuts down. It fails to look at the advantages of plant closure or at opportunities for creating jobs by investing in more sources of renewable energy.
Below is a sample letter to public school administrators that we encourage parents and tax-payers to adapt and send to their local school boards, superintendents and principals.
We encourage the NRC to include and explore the following topics in the scope of its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Diablo Canyon: climate change, energy supply and grid stability, economic impact, earthquake risk and public health risk including increasing cancer and declining infant health.
Milt Carrigan, supporter of Mothers for Peace, wrote Comments for the NRC meeting on Scoping for EIS, August 5, 2015
These Comments on Environmental Issues for Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant License Renewal are submitted San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace. The Comments offer sufficient information to justify inclusion of the issues raised in the scoping of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be developed by the NRC.
Mothers for Peace expert witness Mark Cooper documents that the costs of nuclear waste management are are high enough to significantly affect the outcome of an analysis that compares the costs and benefits of nuclear reactors with other electricity sources.