Environmental Concerns

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Mothers for Peace is concerned about the contamination of the land, air, and marine environments due to routine operation and in the event of a catastrophic accident at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

 

 

 

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.

2018 - 03 - 24 CLEAR EVIDENCE FUKUSHIMA RADIATION HAS REACHED OUR SHORES

Since February of 2014 members of SLO Mothers for Peace have periodically taken samples of ocean water from just south of the Pismo Pier and sent those samples to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) to be tested for radioactive content. Ten of these samples have been taken so far with the last sample showing a dramatic increase in Cesium 137 (Cs137) from the previous sample taken in July 2017.

2018 - 03 - 14 Mothers for Peace to attend national Summit on radioactive waste

Two members of the local non-profit, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, will join with representatives of dozens of environmental organizations in Chicago, IL March 16 – 18, 2018 to explore options for both short-term and long-term storage of radioactive wastes. These lethal by-products of energy production and weapons have been accumulating at nuclear plants, uranium mines and mills, and nuclear weapons complexes for decades.

2018 - 01 - 11 Diablo Canyon closure approved by the CPUC

In August of 2016 Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) , along with six labor and environmental groups, filed with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) a joint proposal to shut down the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant by 2025. The parties to the joint proposal were PG&E, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245, the Coalition of California Utility Employees, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment California and the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility. The CPUC made its Final Decision on the conditions of plant closure on January 11, 2018.

2018 - 01 - 03 Mothers for Peace comments to NRC on thin-walled canisters for waste storage

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace urges the NRC to order Diablo Canyon and all nuclear plants in the United States to use safer, thick-walled canisters for the storage of high level radioactive wastes. Currently the NRC allows canisters with walls only 1/2 to 2/3 of an inch in thickness, whereas in Germany and Japan the casks are between 6 and 9 inches thick.

2018 - 01- 01 RADIOACTIVE WASTE 101

This document describes high level radioactive waste in general, the way such waste is currently stored at Diablo Canyon, and national policy on long-term storage and "disposal" of radioactive wastes. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is planning to shut down Diablo in the near future, but the radioactive wastes will remain on site for the foreseeable future - decades or possibly centuries to come.

2017 - 11 - 08 SLOMFP comments on Proposed Decision of CPUC on Joint Proposal

On November 8, 2017, CPUC Administrative Law Judge Peter Allen issued proposed wording of a decision on PG&E's Joint Proposal for the retirement of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. This is not a final document, as there is a period of public comment to follow, and a meeting for final Oral Arguments by the Parties at the CPUC on November 28, 2017. Mothers for Peace members and attorney Sabrina Venskus are planning to attend that meeting.

2017 - 09-14 Mothers for Peace asks CPUC for Diablo Shut Down in 2019/2020

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP) applauds PG&E for its decision to close the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. However, our organization asserts that it would be in the best interests of the ratepayers and the citizens of California if the shut-down date were moved forward to 2019/2020, rather than the 2024/2025 dates proposed by PG&E.

2017 - 09-14 Mothers for Peace asks CPUC for Diablo Shut Down in 2019/2020

Statement of Mothers for Peace at the Public Utilities Commission meeting in San Luis Obispo on September 14, 2017: San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP) applauds PG&E for its decision to close the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. However, our organization asserts that it would be in the best interests of the ratepayers and the citizens of California if the shut-down date were moved forward to 2019/2020, rather than the 2024/2025 dates proposed by PG&E.

2017 - 05 - 26 OPENING BRIEF FILED WITH CPUC BY SLOMFP REGARDING JOINT PROPOSAL FOR CLOSURE OF DIABLO CANYON

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP) supports PG&E's proposal to shut down the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, but strongly opposes the closure dates of 2024 and 2025 for the two units. MFP asserts that the rate-payers and the people of the State of California would be better served by closure in 2019 and 2020. The earlier closure dates lessen the amount of environmental damage and economic, safety and reliability risks.

31-1-17 Arnie Gundersen's testimony to the CPUC

Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates, Inc., submitted testimony on behalf of Mothers for Peace in the California Public Utilities Commission case. Mothers for Peace argues for closure of Diablo Canyon in 2019 rather than 2024.

2016 - 08 - 20 RESPONSE OF SAN LUIS OBISPO MOTHERS FOR PEACE TO PG&E'S APPLICATION TO SHUT DOWN DIABLO CANYON

Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E’s) announcement on June 21, 2016, that the corporation plans to shut down Diablo Canyon in 2025 and replace its energy with renewables was a welcome surprise for San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP). PG&E agrees with MFP and other environmental organizations that the energy from Diablo is not needed and that carbon-free renewables can provide replacement power at lower cost.

2016 - 07 - 05 Mothers for Peace Will Continue to Advocate for Safety

On June 21, 2016, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced a Proposal to shut down Diablo Canyon nuclear plant at the end of its current licensing period and to bring renewables on-line. There were a number of organizations that joined with PG&E to work out this plan: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245, Coalition of California UtilityEmployees, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment California, and Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility

2016 - 06 - 27 Letter from Mothers for Peace to State Lands Commission

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (SLOMFP) asks the California State Lands Commission (SLC) to delay approval of Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E’s) application for a new lease that would allow the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant to use state tidelands until 2024 and 2025. SLOMFP asked the SLC to postpone making a decision on the lease for 30 days to allow comment on whether the SLC should prepare an Environmental Impact Report for the proposed lease. Below is the Letter to the State Lands Commission.

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.

2016 - 04 - 26 Comments on Consent-Based Siting to Department of Energy

In 2016 the Department of Energy (DOE) held eight public meetings around the country on the Department’s consent-based siting initiative for facilities to manage the nation’s nuclear waste. The DOE is planning siting facilities to store, transport, and dispose of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.

2016 - 03 - 23 Letter to California Committee on Energy in opposition to SB 968

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace is one of 30 organizations going on record as opposing SB 968. That bill as proposed would focus on the adverse economic impacts to be expected when the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant shuts down. It fails to look at the advantages of plant closure or at opportunities for creating jobs by investing in more sources of renewable energy.