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.')

2014-02-18 Mothers for Peace demands NRC suspend all licensing decisions until pool fire risks are assessed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 18, 2014 ( newswire) New information from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) showing that even a small nuclear reactor pool fire could render 9,400 square miles uninhabitable and displace 4.1 million Americans on a long-term basis are among the factors causing 34 environment organizations to file a petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to hold off on additional reactor licensing.

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.

2013 Viewpoint: Diablo's Safety is Key Concern

In response to an opinion piece in The Tribune on July 14, 2013, Mothers for Peace spokesperson Jane Swanson rebutted the argument that local economics makes the operation of Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors imperative and relicensing thus essential. Mothers for Peace argues that SAFETY is the key concern.