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.