Diablo Meeting in Malibu Sparks NRC Response – Updated

Harvey Wasserman, who originally coined the term “No Nukes” back in the early ‘70s, and is an author, activist and journalist, jokes about his latest book, “Solartopia!” as he kicks off the latest speaker series of the Malibu Democratic Club. Photo: Malibu Times

Harvey Wasserman, who originally coined the term “No Nukes” back in the early ‘70s, and is an author, activist and journalist, jokes about his latest book, “Solartopia!” as he kicks off the latest speaker series of the Malibu Democratic Club. Photo: Malibu Times

11141173_951301371568447_5205277459108237257_n A May 9 meeting on Diablo Canyon sponsored by the Malibu Democratic Club, organized by club President Ann Doneen and Myla Reson, and MCed by Solartopia author Harvey Wasserman drew coverage from the Malibu Times and elicited a letter to the editor from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. [see below] The NRC’s comment that “the history of seismic safety at Diablo Canyon is a long and complicated one” is a bit disingenuous. Frank Egger, who was on the original Coastal Commission during the building of Diablo Canyon, reports the Coastal Commission did know at that time that enough faults were there to warrant nixing the site. He worked hard to block the CC endorsement but was overruled. Related: Paul Frey calls our attention to this – Super Shear Earthquakes – Deadlier Than Deadly And from Myla Reson: Cooling Tower Resolution passed CA Environmental Caucus [pdf] Here is a video of the meeting by The Center For Progressive Urban Politics, Our Diablo – The Case For Shuttering California’s Last Nuke featuring Harvey Wasserman, Linda Seeley, Paul Frey, Donna Gilmore and Richard Mathews… The NRC’s Letter Letter: Nuclear Reaction The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) would like to ensure readers ofThe Malibu Times have as full a picture as possible regarding safety at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. The bottom line is that the NRC concludes the plant is operating safely and can continue doing so. The agency’s independent reviews of information about faults near Diablo Canyon consistently find the plant can safely withstand large earthquakes possible in that area. The most recent information about Diablo Canyon comes from an NRC directive in the wake of the March 2011 Fukushima accident. The agency asked every U.S. nuclear power plant to use up-to-date information and modern analyses to re-evaluate their potential earthquake hazard. Diablo Canyon was one of three Western U.S. plants that submitted its re-evaluations in March. The NRC’s review of PG&E’s information concludes the plant can safely operate while additional analysis checks for possible safety enhancements. The most recent work builds on PG&E’s comprehensive seismic evaluation program, put in place in the mid-1980s before Diablo Canyon started operating. This program identifies and evaluates potential new seismic hazards, and the NRC reviews those evaluations to ensure agency requirements are met. Recent examples of this work include PG&E’s examination of the “Shoreline fault” near Diablo Canyon, as well as a state-mandated review of several faults, including Shoreline. An NRC inspector at the plant offered a “differing professional opinion” regarding the Shoreline fault and the plant’s seismic safety. After an extensive, multi-layered review of the inspector’s opinion the NRC’s Executive Director for Operations determined Diablo Canyon remains within its approved design and licensing basis, and there are no current concerns for safe operation. At the request of the staff member, the NRC made the entire opinion and review available on the NRC’s website at https://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ml1425/ML14252A743.pdf The NRC recognizes that the history of seismic safety at Diablo Canyon is a long and complicated one. We have and will continue to review and inspect changes and potential risks to the station in an open and transparent manner to ensure the safety of the citizens of California, and the entire nation. Scott Burnell NRC Office of Public Affairs, Headquarters https://m.malibutimes.com/opinion/article_e634a9ca-ff30-11e4-9ebf-f324fe7735c8.html?mode=jqm
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