Lawmakers Weigh Nuclear Safety After Earthquake In Japan

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Can California’s nuclear plants and gas pipelines withstand a disaster like the one that hit Japan?

State lawmakers will seek answers at a hearing today in Sacramento. They’ll also hear about tsunami damage in California from the March 11 earthquake off Japan’s coast.

Concerns about seismic safety have haunted California’s nuclear plants for decades, and geologists have identified new faults near the generators that could produce earthquakes.

The utilities that operate the plants maintain they were built to withstand the largest quakes expected in the region and safety systems are in place. But the damage in Japan and last year’s deadly natural gas explosion near San Francisco are fueling fears.

Representatives from natural gas utilities and California’s San Onofre and Diablo Canyon nuclear plants plan to testify.

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  • Rod

    How stupid do they think the public is. Of course they are going to say it is safe. Who in their right mind would ever say otherwise? As for being able to withstand an earthquake that has yet to be seen. To many veribles to be able to make a claim like that. Japan said the same thing about theirs. The smart thing to do is just make sure there is a plan for if the worst happens in place now and not when it does happen.

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