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Local Activists for a Nuclear-Free Future 
Legal Intervenors in Diablo Safety Issues since 1973

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace is a non-profit organization concerned with the dangers posed by Diablo Canyon and other nuclear reactors, nuclear weapons, and radioactive waste. Additionally, the organization works to promote peace, environmental and social justice, and renewable energy.

( See "About Us" for a list of strategies we use.)


Upcoming Online Event:

March 11, 2021 - 6pm Pacific Time

On the 10th anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, Mothers for Peace is hosting an online event featuring a presentation by biologist Mary Olson. Learn about her work showing greater harm to the female body from radiation than the male body. Yet regulators are guided by the health impacts on men. This must change! The event will begin with a current update on  Fukushima by Yuji and Beverly Findlay Kaneko, co-producers of Voices from Japan.

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Mothers for Peace

2020 Goals for Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant


Read our Fall 2020 Newsletter


        News Flash:

              Big TROUBLE with UNIT 2

There was a disconcerting incident at Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in mid-August, 2020. By sheer luck, PG&E had discovered deteriorated pipes in the emergency cooling system in Unit 2 while the plant was shut down to address a different problem with the stator and a hydrogen leak. 

The stator is an essential piece of equipment needed to produce electricity. It was recently replaced in Unit 2 at a cost of $90.3 million to PG&E ratepayers. A hydrogen leak in that stator brought Unit 2 offline from July 17 until August 1. Then, again, Unit 2 was offline from October 22 for the same unresolved problem. After a brief start-up, it has now been offline since December 22 and is not expected to be operational until the end of May 2021.

The purchase of this stator was intended to increase safety and reliability. That has not happened. Rather, these shutdowns at this aging plant have presented serious safety and affordability issues.

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Calendar of Virtual

Environmental Events,

Projects, and Meetings

 Thursday, March 11         6:00pm Pacific Time

On the 10th anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, Mothers for Peace is hosting an online event featuring a presentation by biologist Mary Olson. Learn about her work showing greater harm to the female body from radiation than the male body. Yet regulators are guided by the health impacts on men. This must change! The event will begin with a current update on  Fukushima by Yuji and Beverly Findlay Kaneko, co-producers of Voices from Japan.

Register in advance for this meeting:

Preserve the Diablo lands after decommissioning!

If you're interested in doing what you can to preserve the beautiful Diablo lands after decommissioning, donate to The Land Conservancy to raise money for the needed appraisal. Add a note to "fund the appraisal for Wild Cherry Canyon".

lcslo.org

PO Box 12206, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

 


NO to Consolidated Interim Storage!

NO to Radioactive Wastes on Roads and Rails!

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering plans to allow high-level radioactive wastes to be transported thousands of miles on our highways, railways, and barges. 

Two profit-making corporations have applied for NRC licenses to build and operate “Consolidated Interim Storage” (CIS) facilities to store high level radioactive waste until a final disposal option is available. Holtec International plans a site in southeastern New Mexico that ultimately could hold up to 173,000 metric tons of material. An Orano-Waste Control Specialists team intends to build a facility in West Texas with a maximum capacity of 40,000 metric tons.

Although it would be “nice” to remove this toxin from the Central Coast and other nuclear plants, Mothers for Peace is opposed to this option because it puts millions in danger along the transportation routes and at the storage sites  - only to be, in theory - moved AGAIN at some future time. Rather, Mothers for Peace urges “Hardened On-Site Storage” for the waste generated from Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

The following six-minute video produced by Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS) explains and details our thinking.

The Problem with Transporting Nuclear Waste; May 18, 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCW00GXvcj0

Former Nuclear Regulatory Chairman Gregory Jaczko has also raised questions about the wisdom of the proposal for CIS facilities. He spoke at the Environmental and Energy Study Institute in Washington, D.C. on May 13, 2019.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?460643-1/nuclear-power-oversight&start=254

“As much as you may hear from people about consolidated interim storage, it is de-facto permanent storage. Because once you move the fuel somewhere, it’s going to be very hard to move it somewhere else. The only place in principle you could move it to would be a permanent repository. But right now there’s really no prospects, certainly in the next several decades, for any type of permanent repository for spent fuel.”

Mothers for Peace is currently working with other national organizations opposing CIS. 


            

      The Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel 

was created to promote dialogue between members of the local community and PG&E on topics regarding the decommissioning of the nuclear plant. Mothers for Peace member, Linda Seeley, is on this panel of 12 people.

The meetings are open to the public (now in a virtual format), and public comments and questions are encouraged. The videos of the meetings are also available.

Upcoming meetings and live videos of previous meetings can be found at:

 https://diablocanyonpanel.org/


Mothers for Peace continues to use Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute to analyze samples of the waters off Pismo Pier to test for radiation from the Fukushima catastrophe. Note the most recent data point from 9.22.2020.

Details: http://ourradioactiveocean.org/


Independent Radiation Monitoring

People from around the world (including Mothers for Peace members) are independently monitoring radiation and uploading that data onto: 

https://blog.safecast.org/

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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.
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