Environmental Concerns

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Mothers for Peace is concerned about the contamination of the land, air, and marine environments due to routine operation and in the event of a catastrophic accident at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

 

 

 

2020 - 06 - 22 MFP FILES COMMENTS ON DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR PROPOSED CIS FACILITY, LEA COUNTY, NEW MEXICO

RE: Docket No. 72–1051; Holtec International’s HI–STORE CIS Facility for Spent Nuclear Fuel, Lea County, New Mexico – Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) NRC: On May 18, 2018 San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (SLOMFP) submitted scoping comments on the Holtec Environmental Report (ER) to transport up to 100,000 metric tons of spent fuel, high-level radioactive waste, from nuclear reactors around the country to southeast New Mexico. In those comments we clearly stated that we do not consent to the irradiated nuclear fuel that has been produced by the Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors being sent to another community. We asserted that it is morally repugnant to transport this deadly waste on our rails and highways to a poor community of color. We strongly believe Diablo’s waste must continue to be stored on-site until a permanent repository can be found. In March, 2020, the DEIS was released by the NRC and SLOMFP were very disappointed to see that none of our comments were addressed in a satisfactory manner. So, we reiterate:

2020 - 08 - 21 MFP ATTORNEY DIANE CURRAN and EXPERT DAVID LOCHBAUM DISPUTE NRC PROCESSING OF PG&E'S EXIGENT REQUEST TO FLOUT SAFETY REQUIREMENTS TO REPAIR FAULTY PIPES

On August 12, 2020, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) filed an Exigent License Amendment Request (LAR) asking the NRC for permission to assess and repair suspected degraded pipes on Unit 1 while the plant continues to operate at full power. This procedure is in conflict with Technical Specifications. Unit 2's deteriorated pipes were discovered by happenstance and recently repaired while the plant was shut down to address an unrelated safety problem - excess hydrogen. Mothers for Peace strongly objects both to PG&E's request for a LAR and to the way the NRC is processing that request. The public was given less than 24 hours to provide comments, and documents were difficult to access. A routine comment period is 30 days. MFP attorney Diane Curran and expert David Lochbaum filed oppositional comments.

2020 - 07 - 25 MFP Urges State Water Resources Control Board to reject an extension of Once Through Cooling waiver at Diablo Canyon

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP) opposes the extension of the waiver which allows PG&E to continue to use Once Through Cooling (OTC) for Unit 2 of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant beyond the previously agreed-upon cessation date of January, 2025. PG&E has requested an extension of that date because it will be more convenient for Diablo Canyon to continue to use OTC until its shut-down date of August, 2025. MFP strongly objects because of the extensive damage to sea-life caused by OTC.

SCHOLARSHIPS

The San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace annually offers two scholarships. An award of $1,000 is made to a graduating high school senior, and a $1,500 scholarship is awarded to a college or university upper class student.

2018 - 12 - 06 Mothers for Peace Opposes HR 1320, the Nuke Act

Mothers for Peace is one of eighty environmental organizations opposing HR 1320 (the Nuclear Utilization of Keynote Energy Act, or NUKE Act). This bill would undermine environmental reviews, eliminate hearings for uncontested licensing hearings that have in the past revealed serious deficiencies, weaken an already prejudicial hearing procedures process, and hinder the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) ability to carry out its statutory responsibilities to protect public health and safety. The letter of opposition was drafted by National Resources Defense Council.

2018 - 04 - 18 Position on Consolidated Interim Storage

Over 75,000 metric tons of radioactive wastes have piled up at nuclear power plants across the United States. After more than 75 years of making this lethal waste, there are still no viable solutions to the problem of how to protect the environment from the dangers it will pose for a million years. If implemented, Consolidated (or Centralized) “Interim” Storage (CIS) facilities would be sites to which irradiated high-level nuclear waste would be moved and stored temporarily. Then, at some point, it would be shipped to a currently non-existent permanent repository. These facilities would provide temporary storage of commercial irradiated waste, mostly in dry storage casks, from all over the country. Currently there are two proposed facilities, one in Texas and the other in New Mexico.

2018 - 03 - 24 CLEAR EVIDENCE FUKUSHIMA RADIATION HAS REACHED OUR SHORES

Since February of 2014 members of SLO Mothers for Peace have periodically taken samples of ocean water from just south of the Pismo Pier and sent those samples to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) to be tested for radioactive content. Ten of these samples have been taken so far with the last sample showing a dramatic increase in Cesium 137 (Cs137) from the previous sample taken in July 2017.

2018 - 03 - 14 Mothers for Peace to attend national Summit on radioactive waste

Two members of the local non-profit, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, will join with representatives of dozens of environmental organizations in Chicago, IL March 16 – 18, 2018 to explore options for both short-term and long-term storage of radioactive wastes. These lethal by-products of energy production and weapons have been accumulating at nuclear plants, uranium mines and mills, and nuclear weapons complexes for decades.

2018 - 01 - 11 Diablo Canyon closure approved by the CPUC

In August of 2016 Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) , along with six labor and environmental groups, filed with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) a joint proposal to shut down the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant by 2025. The parties to the joint proposal were PG&E, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245, the Coalition of California Utility Employees, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment California and the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility. The CPUC made its Final Decision on the conditions of plant closure on January 11, 2018.

2018 - 01 - 03 Mothers for Peace comments to NRC on thin-walled canisters for waste storage

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace urges the NRC to order Diablo Canyon and all nuclear plants in the United States to use safer, thick-walled canisters for the storage of high level radioactive wastes. Currently the NRC allows canisters with walls only 1/2 to 2/3 of an inch in thickness, whereas in Germany and Japan the casks are between 6 and 9 inches thick.

2018 - 01- 01 RADIOACTIVE WASTE 101

This document describes high level radioactive waste in general, the way such waste is currently stored at Diablo Canyon, and national policy on long-term storage and "disposal" of radioactive wastes. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is planning to shut down Diablo in the near future, but the radioactive wastes will remain on site for the foreseeable future - decades or possibly centuries to come.

2017 - 11 - 08 SLOMFP comments on Proposed Decision of CPUC on Joint Proposal

On November 8, 2017, CPUC Administrative Law Judge Peter Allen issued proposed wording of a decision on PG&E's Joint Proposal for the retirement of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. This is not a final document, as there is a period of public comment to follow, and a meeting for final Oral Arguments by the Parties at the CPUC on November 28, 2017. Mothers for Peace members and attorney Sabrina Venskus are planning to attend that meeting.

2017 - 09-14 Mothers for Peace asks CPUC for Diablo Shut Down in 2019/2020

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP) applauds PG&E for its decision to close the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. However, our organization asserts that it would be in the best interests of the ratepayers and the citizens of California if the shut-down date were moved forward to 2019/2020, rather than the 2024/2025 dates proposed by PG&E.

2017 - 09-14 Mothers for Peace asks CPUC for Diablo Shut Down in 2019/2020

Statement of Mothers for Peace at the Public Utilities Commission meeting in San Luis Obispo on September 14, 2017: San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP) applauds PG&E for its decision to close the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. However, our organization asserts that it would be in the best interests of the ratepayers and the citizens of California if the shut-down date were moved forward to 2019/2020, rather than the 2024/2025 dates proposed by PG&E.

2017 - 05 - 26 OPENING BRIEF FILED WITH CPUC BY SLOMFP REGARDING JOINT PROPOSAL FOR CLOSURE OF DIABLO CANYON

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP) supports PG&E's proposal to shut down the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, but strongly opposes the closure dates of 2024 and 2025 for the two units. MFP asserts that the rate-payers and the people of the State of California would be better served by closure in 2019 and 2020. The earlier closure dates lessen the amount of environmental damage and economic, safety and reliability risks.

31-1-17 Arnie Gundersen's testimony to the CPUC

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.

2016 - 08 - 20 RESPONSE OF SAN LUIS OBISPO MOTHERS FOR PEACE TO PG&E'S APPLICATION TO SHUT DOWN DIABLO CANYON

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.

2016 - 07 - 05 Mothers for Peace Will Continue to Advocate for Safety

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