Congresswoman Wants Diablo Canyon Plant’s License Renewal Halted

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California congresswoman wants federal regulators to stop considering a license renewal for the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant until earthquake threats are thoroughly reviewed.

Rep. Lois Capps said Thursday that it’s irresponsible to consider extending the life of the coastal plant’s twin reactors until earthquake faults near the plant are thoroughly and independently studied — especially since the nuclear crisis in Japan.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to renew its license to operate the reactors near San Luis Obispo, which expire in 2024 and 2025.

The company says the plants are safe.

But the Democratic congresswoman says there are too many unanswered questions about potential earthquakes and plant safety for the NRC to continue consideration of possible 20-year extensions.

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  • Barbara

    PG&E had a lawsuit filed against them as they knowingly build the plant on/near an active fault; PGE in their company docs calculated the number of lifes lost per 10 miles in a meltdown as a reasonable loss. I would not trust anything PGE tells us- it is always about money – they want more of ours and they do not wish to spend any of theirs… it’s cheaper to repopulate than to build!

  • m

    Louis Capps could you please read the news. The earthquake didnt cause the meltdown, the 33 foot wave caused it. And from the pictures you can see that the plant is at least 30 feet above the water. The water off the coast in that area is also really deep so a tsunami would not form the same way it did in Japan. They also use dry storage at that plant witch doesnt require pumps. The Japan plant survived a 9.0 earthquake just fine,

    • MB man

      M is right on! I would bet my last dollar that the congresswoman is incapable of understanding any of the valid points made by m

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