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Petition to Safely Close Down San Onofre and Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plants

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I urge you to come to terms with the fact that we live in earthquake country which poses a serious threat to all persons in the state. This is due partly to the sudden, unknown damage earthquakes can cause upon buildings, persons and places. This should be a particularly important feature considering there are two working nuclear reactors in the state of California; San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. Both are located on or near fault lines. There have been at least 384 reported earthquakes this last week, from March 7-14th, 2011 in California alone. If we look at only the recent recorded history of earthquakes in California (1680-present) we can find at least 25 known and recorded earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or higher on the richter scale, including the 1906 earthquake of 8.25 and the Fort Tejon Earthquake of 1857 of 8.25. There are at least another 146 known and recorded earthquakes of magnitude 6.0 - 6.9. The San Onofre station has been built to withstand a maximum of 7.0 earthquake and Diablo Canyon reports a maximum of 7. 5. The San Onofre station is only 125 miles from Fort Tejon and the Diablo Canyon plant is only 146 miles away. This is all close enough for catastrophe. We should take the recent events in Japan as a warning and message that nuclear power is unsafe anywhere, especially, earthquake country. We intend to be perfectly clear that we will not stand idly by and allow something completely preventable to occur; nuclear pollution, fallout and radiation. This is an issue for everyone. All of our lives are at stake not including the global effects of nuclear pollution of the Pacific Ocean, of which both plants are situated on the coast and use seawater as their prime cooling agent. Our water supply, food, air and soil are all at jeopardy. This is not acceptable. This is downright dangerous. We as a people have a right to these things free of nuclear radiation, pollution and intrusion. We must take the first step of shutting down, dismantling and safely removing nuclear rmaterials, waste and energy out of California. We need to set the standard that this is not tolerable to Californians.

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