Thirty environmental, health and other organizations today announced their opposition to California state legislation that would mandate an analysis of purportedly negative – but not positive – impacts of shutting down the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. In a formal opposition letter, the groups say SB 968 could amount to “a state- ordered piece of advocacy for forces pushing for Diablo Canyon to operate far beyond its original design and license life. This could have great negative impacts on California. We recognize that this is not the intent of the author or co- authors, but nonetheless conclude there would be serious unintended consequences of the bill.”
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.
Docket ID NRC-2015-0234 NUREG/CR-7209 COMMENTS ON: A Compendium of Spent Fuel Transportation Package Response Analyses to Severe Fire Accident Scenarios, DRAFT San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (SLOMFP) wishes to provide the following comments to the NRC’s draft report in the matter of spent fuel transportation safety. SLOMFP is the legal intervenor in matters pertaining to safety at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in Avila Beach, CA.
Mothers for Peace asks the California State Lands Commission to require an environmental review of PG&E's request for new leases of tidelands adjacent to Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.
In 2016 the Department of Energy (DOE) held eight public meetings around the country on the Department’s consent-based siting initiative for facilities to manage the nation’s nuclear waste. The DOE is planning siting facilities to store, transport, and dispose of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.
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.
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.
The Public Utilities Commission will appoint a member to serve on the Diablo Canyon Independent Safety Committee. There are five applicants, included the incumbent, Robert Budnitz, who could be reappointed. Mothers for Peace has endorsed two of five applicants - Dr. Michael Peck and Judge Alex Karlin
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.
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.
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (SLOMFP) asks the California State Lands Commission (SLC) to delay approval of Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E’s) application for a new lease that would allow the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant to use state tidelands until 2024 and 2025. SLOMFP asked the SLC to postpone making a decision on the lease for 30 days to allow comment on whether the SLC should prepare an Environmental Impact Report for the proposed lease. Below is the Letter to the State Lands Commission.
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
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.
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