2013 Mothers for Peace Response to Seismic Testing

MFP revised position on high energy acoustic blasting recommended by the California State Legislature

    In the wake of the Fukushima disaster and Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s (PG&E) application to renew the licenses of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP) agrees with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that updated and thorough seismic studies are imperative.

    However, MFP opposes the technology of high energy acoustic blasting as proposed by PG&E in 2012. That technology would have caused great harm to all sea life in the vicinity.

    That PG&E plan was prompted by the requirements of AB 1632, an act of the California State Legislature. In November of 2012, the California Coastal Commission denied PG&E the necessary permits.

    For decades, MFP has advocated for the closure of the Diablo Canyon plant. MFP also urges all stored radioactive waste to be transferred to hardened casks as quickly as possible.

    MFP has taken legal action to oppose license renewal for Diablo Canyon because of seismic hazards. The NRC Atomic Safety and Licensing Board plans to hold hearings on MFP Contention EC – 1 after PG&E completes the required seismic studies. Details of the case can be found on pages 5-12 of the following document .