2009 February Newsletter

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


February 2009

40th Anniversary Celebration

Please join the Mothers for Peace in celebrating 40 years of working for peace, social justice, and a safe global environment.

Saturday, April 25


Oddfellows Hall

520 Dana Street, San Luis Obispo

An anniversary provides one with the opportunity to reflect upon the events of the past and plans for the future.  Come and watch the slideshow of historic photographs and news articles showing Mothers for Peace and allied groups taking effective actions. There will be live and silent auctions, palm and tarot card readings, food, no-host bar, i.e. FUN.  There will be no admission charge, but donations in support of the current appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court will be graciously accepted!  If you can help organize the event, work during the evening, donate auction items, desserts, appetizers, wine or other beverages, please contact Evy:

evyjust@gmail.com 546-8907


Back to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

MFP Peace filed another Petition with the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals on December 12, 2008 and its Initial Brief with the Court on February 9, 2009. The original case began in 2002 when the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) refused to evaluate the environmental impacts of an attack on the proposed dry cask storage facility at Diablo Canyon (ISFSI). In 2006, in the precedent-setting win, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the NRC to complete such a study. The NRC Staff’s response was the production of a feeble 8-page environmental assessment. Its appalling deficiencies have sent MFP back to Court.

The arguments in the Brief accuse the NRC of:

1. Illegal secrecy

The NRC repeatedly refused to hold closed hearings where disclosure of national security information might be required – despite the fact that MFP Attorney Diane Curran has the necessary security clearances. MFP was thus excluded from participation in NRC’s decision-making process or access to the documents upon which it claims to have relied in reaching its conclusion that even a successful terrorist attack on the dry casks at Diablo Canyon would have “no significant impact” on the environment.

2. Purposeful exclusion of attack scenarios The NRC failed to consider a whole range of credible attack scenarios involving the instigation of a fire in the fuel storage modules which could lead to devastating impacts in the form of widespread radioactive land contamination.  It further made an unlawful determination that any attack on the Diablo Canyon facility is “remote and speculative.”

MFP is requesting that the Court require a closed hearing on all disallowed contentions, to reverse the NRC’s finding of “no significant impact” with respect to the environmental impacts of attacks on the Diablo Canyon facility, and to revoke the Commission’s decision to issue a license for the Diablo Canyon ISFSI.

Please continue to check our website for news, updates, action alerts,

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Mothers for Peace has received one substantial grant this year, but its primary source of funding continues to be from private donors like yourselves. We expect the cost of the Intervention in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to require $70,000 - $100,000.

As always, your financial support is vital and truly appreciated.  All donations to Mothers for Peace are tax-deductible.  Contributions may be mailed to the P.O. Box or paid on-line.

P.O. Box 164

Pismo Beach, CA 93448

(805) 773-3881