Petition to The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Do NOT relicense the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is applying for a license renewal from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to operate their aging Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant for another 20 years unless we voice our opposition. Here's why we are petitioning to prevent the plant's relicensing: The plant sits on or near 2 MAJOR ACTIVE fault lines and at least 11 other fault lines. Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Diablo Canyon Chief Resident Inspector Dr. Michael Peck has testified that the seismic design of the plant is inadequate, based on PG&E's own seismic studies. The plant is located in the tsunami hazard zone in the seismologically active state of California. The plant has numerous design and construction flaws, including one recently discovered flaw in the critical electrical system. Seven NRC engineers have filed a 2.206 petition within the NRC that calls for the shutdown of all nuclear plants in the US that contain this design flaw, including Diablo Canyon. The plant lacks cooling towers, contributing to ocean water warming and causing 80% of loss of marine life on the California coastline. More than 6 Million pounds of highly radioactive spent fuel is stored on site, and there is no permanent repository designated by the US government. Radioactive waste may remain onsite up to 300 years. If the nuclear waste canisters leak or crack, they would release millions of curies of radiation into the environment. Emergency plans in the event of a meltdown which would force the evacuation of communities in and around San Luis Obispo County are completely inadequate. If the plant melted down, the radioactive fallout would spread throughout California and into the Pacific Ocean, affecting millions of people, making the area uninhabitable, and destroying the major agricultural region of California. Nuclear radiation is a man-made toxin that causes cancer in all living organisms and would will turn our coastline into a contaminated "look only" zone. The plant is licensed to operate until 2024 and 2025, which is when it was originally scheduled to decommission. Pushing it another 20 years would be a huge risk to the environment and the living beings who call it home. PG&E has had history of negligence and is in litigation on several charges, including in the loss of human life due to fires caused by faulty and old gas lines in San Bruno, as well as Calaveras County. Please sign and share this petition to help decommission the plant as well as to dismantle the power structures that continue to try and operate this dangerous technology on the coastline of California. Let us radiate love and good energy. Thank you.
Petition to Stephen Burns
Close Pilgrim Nuclear Station before it’s too late
The shaded area of the above image represents Fukushima’s fallout plume from 25 hours after the accident, superimposed on Pilgrim, which has the same type of reactor as Fukushima. Within a day of a Fukushima-type accident at Pilgrim, radiation contamination could extend from Gloucester to Worcester to Providence, RI to Long Island,NY and the Connecticut shore, including Cape Cod and Greater Boston. To Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Stephen Burns and Commissioners: Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts, one of the oldest commercial nuclear reactors, is the same design as the 3 reactors which exploded at Fukushima, Japan due to loss of coolant. Pilgrim is owned by Entergy corporation, and for several years has been ranked by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as one of the three least-safe reactors in the nation. Recent NRC reports show that nothing has improved. In 1972, when Pilgrim was first licensed, top government regulators realized it’s design is unable to contain a severe accident. This deficiency was demonstrated in 2011 when Fukushima Units 1, 2, and 3 suffered meltdowns. Those accidents are ongoing, and 100,000 people may never return home. The NRC has allowed Entergy to let Pilgrim Station ignore its own management plan, ignore industry best practices, and skip ‘required’ fixes that could make the difference between a controlled or uncontrolled release of nuclear material. Among many other violations, the NRC has allowed Entergy to: skip implementation of fire safety regulations; falsify 200 fire watch records over a 2-year period; ignore a non-functioning weather monitoring system necessary for an effective evacuation; operate for months with broken equipment; fail to replace critical equipment as many as 30 years past its replacement date; and put off needed repairs or inadequately implement them. Such is the NRC’s implementation of “lessons learned” from Fukushima. Last month a leaked email written by the head of the NRC’s special inspection team, Don Jackson, revealed that Entergy’s management had allowed an ineffective safety culture “that a lot of talking probably won’t fix,” and that Pilgrim has a “team of employees who appear to be struggling with keeping the nuclear plant running.” Plant workers fail to follow well-established programs. Broken equipment doesn’t get properly fixed. Plant “experts” lack required expertise. Staff members do not understand their roles and responsibilities. Corrective actions in the recovery plan seem to have been hastily developed and implemented, and some have been circumvented as they were deemed too hard to complete. And we learned recently, that even though the terrorist threat to this nation has escalated, Entergy’s management failed to follow security regulations - not once but nine times in the past year. People on Cape Cod are downwind of Pilgrim much of the time, yet they have no evacuation plan. Because one or both bridges would be closed, they are expected to shelter in wooden homes which offer little protection from fallout. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has a plan to “relocate” hundreds of thousands of residents after an accident, if needed. Home insurance does not cover nuclear disasters; your home value could drop to zero overnight. For these reasons and more, we are asking the NRC to close Pilgrim now, ahead of the planned refueling scheduled for this May.