Federal regulators are being urged by Santa Barbara County supervisors to halt the re-licensing process for the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.
Supervisors voted Tuesday to send a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission asking for a halt in the plant’s re-licensing and conduct a comprehensive study into an earthquake fault near the Pacific Gas & Electric power plant.
County emergency services director Michael Harris says the recently discovered fault could generate a magnitude-6.5 quake. The plant is designed to withstand a magnitude-7.5 quake.
Supervisors say they have a responsibility to protect county residents from an unlikely, but possible, emergency at Diablo Canyon.
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The Avila Beach nuclear plant is in southern San Luis Obispo County and supervisors there have also objected to re-licensing.