Security & Terrorism

9th circuit court bldgMothers for Peace is on the home stretch of the protracted litigation in our second challenge of the Nuclear Regulatory commission before the Ninth circuit Court.  Like the 2006 ruling in favor of Mothers for Peace, the outcome of our case has the potential to affect policy for all 104 nuclear facilities in the nation.  If Mothers for Peace is successful, the case will set a major new precedent for government accountability with respect to security-related decision-making in the post-9/11 era.  The oral argument took place on November 4, 2010. A decision is expected by the Spring of 2011.

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.

2016 - 06 - 21 PG&E Announces Plans to Shut Down Diablo Canyon

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.

2015 - 08 - 29

Scoping Comments on NRC Environmental Impact Study required for PG&E license renewal application for Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.

2015 - 07 - 31 MFP Comments on Scoping for EIS

These Comments on Environmental Issues for Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant License Renewal are submitted San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace. The Comments offer sufficient information to justify inclusion of the issues raised in the scoping of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be developed by the NRC.


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is developing an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed license renewal of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant and is seeking public comment on issues to be covered by the report. Supporters of MFP are encouraged to consider speaking on any of the topics below - or other matters that concern you.

2013-12-08 Send in your comments on Waste Confidence before Dec. 20

Comments on the NRC’s disgraceful draft Waste Confidence Rule and Generic Environmental Impact Statement must be sent before the deadline of December 20, 2013. Here is some suggested wording, which we encourage supporters to copy and edit as they wish. Note that comments may be sent by email or as a mailed letter.

2013-09-24 Study on Vulnerability of Dry Casks to Terrorist Attack

The vulnerability of dry casks to terrorist attacks has been extensively studied. As the NRC proposes to update its so-called "Waste Confidence Act" and the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement, it must recognize that, although dry casks are much less dangerous than spent fuel pools, the casks also need to be protected against potential terrorist attacks.

2011-05-18 NRC Decades Late in Considering Public Safety

This Viewpoint was published in the San Luis Obispo Tribune on May 18, 2011. It points out that only since the disaster in Fukushima is the NRC beginning to ask nuclear plants to report on how they plan to prevent massive radiation releases in case of an extreme event.

2010 Newsletter

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace pursues Ninth Circuit Court Appeal and opposition to Diablo Canyon License Renewal.

2009 February Newsletter

Mothers for Peace celebrates 40 years of working for peace, social justice, and a safe global environment.