|San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP) has been awarded a grant of $10,000 by the FUND for Santa Barbara (the FUND) to support MFP’s legal challenges opposing the proposal to extend the operation of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. MFP is grateful for this monetary support and appreciates the confirmation of the importance of our work.
MFP opposes continued operations of the two Diablo Canyon reactors because of risks to public safety and the environment. The plant is surrounded by numerous earthquake faults, some of which are classified by the United States Geological Survey as “major” and “active”. The reactor vessel of Unit 1 is embrittled, meaning that if the reactor overheated and needed to be flooded with cold water in an emergency, there is a high risk that it would crack or shatter. This would lead to a meltdown and a major release of radioactivity that would make a large land area uninhabitable for decades.
Shutting down Diablo Canyon will also stop the production of even more highly radioactive waste that will remain toxic for countless generations. Furthermore, data shows that the energy from Diablo Canyon is not needed for grid reliability, and keeping the facility open is cost prohibitive.
|The FUND (est. 1980) is a non-traditional community foundation that supports organizations and groups working for progressive social change. The FUND is dedicated to helping find solutions to current and emerging social problems and issues that challenge our society as a whole. The FUND recognizes that Santa Barbara County is downwind of the Diablo Canyon reactors and would be greatly impacted by a radiological release.