2002 Newsletter

Mothers for Peace opposes PG&E's plan to expand the radioactive waste storage capability at Diablo Canyon.

San Luis Obispo

Mothers for Peace

September 2002

142 N. Tassajara Drive

San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-1276

(805) 773-3881


Dear Friends and Supporters,

Our last letter informed you of PG&E’s filings with the County of San Luis Obispo and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to expand the radioactive waste storage capability at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant by constructing a facility that would utilize a dry cask system. The eventual plan is to transfer these casks from the plant to a national waste repository (supposedly Yucca Mountain in Nevada) by barge/rail/truck.  (To find out how far you live from the proposed transportation route, go to www.mapscience.org)

In response to PG&E’s filings, the Mothers for Peace has joined with other community groups and individuals to intervene in this case. Eight contentions (objections) were filed with the NRC on July 19th.  These contentions involve the seismic issue (the nuclear plant is situated 2 ½ miles from the Hosgri fault), financial concerns (PG&E is in bankruptcy), the potential for terrorism, and other environmental problems. The NRC held a Prehearing Conference on September 10th and 11th to determine which contentions will be accepted for full hearings. The judges’ decision is expected in a few weeks.

This legal intervention is part of a larger plan to attempt to stop production of nuclear waste at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. The pools which currently store its spent fuel will reach capacity by the year 2006.  Our goal is to close the plant at that time.  You can help in a variety of ways:

*‘donate money to help pay the expenses of litigation - legal fees and the costs of experts (Your donation is tax-deductible.)

*‘attend Mothers for Peace meetings

*‘attend events such as the pre-hearing conference

*‘call and take on organizational tasks, errands, phone calling...

The community must act now to protect its families and environment from continued production of lethal radioactive waste that will pose a threat for decades, centuries, or longer. Thank you for your support.

Community Intervenors: Avila Valley Advisory Council, Supervisor Peg Pinard, Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club, Surfrider of San Luis Obispo and Ventura, Central Coast Peace and Environmental Council, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, SLO Cancer Action Now, ECOSLO, Cambria Legal Defense Fund, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Santa Margarita Area Residents Together, Grandmothers for Peace

You may contribute to the Mothers for Peace and other intervenors by check or with Visa, Mastercard or Discover.