Radioactive Waste

Holtec cask

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.')

June 8, 2012 Waste Confidence Rule rejected by U.S. Court of Appeals

In a landmark decision on June 8, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected the Waste Confidence Rule. This was followed by a petiton by 22 groups and 2 individuals to require the NRC to implement this decision before final licensing decisions are made. This includes Mothers for Peace and the relicensing decision regarding Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

"Improving Spent-Fuel Storage at Nuclear Reactors"

Read this article by Robert Alvarez in Issues in Science and Technology. "Storing spent radioactive fuel in dry form rather than in increasingly jammed cooling pools is much safer, and can be done with already available funds.

March 2012 - Comments on NRC Waste Confidence Rule

Mothers for Peace filed comments on the NRC's Waste Confidence decision and rule to store commercial high-level radioactive waste for more than 60 years after the licensed life for operation of any commercial nuclear power reactor.

2011-10-12 NRC Undermines Federal Law in Decision regarding Diablo Canyon

In 2010, the NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board granted the Mothers for Peace a hearing on four contentions regarding PG&E's license renewal application. On October 12, 2011, however, the five NRC commissioners agreed to hear only one of those contentions and reversed the decision to hear the three others. Mothers for Peace believes that this decision excuses PG&E and the NRC from having to fully comply with the laws that are intended to protect the public.

2011 Disaster in Japan

Despite the many precautions and redundant features used in nuclear power facilities, the forces of nature remain unpredictable and - and in Japan - devastating.