A barrage of requests that the Board of Supervisors address safety at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant has led Chairman Adam Hill to set aside time to talk about the issue on Tuesday.
In a news release late Thursday, Hill wrote that the public’s “overwhelming response” to the crisis in Japan has persuaded him that the board needs to say more.
He is not likely to be the only one speaking. Local activists have been sending around an email telling people to come Tuesday and speak out against PG&E’s relicensing of the power plant during the public comment period.
One such “action alert” says “halt licensing now” and is subtitled “Diablo Canyon/Flying Blind in the Seismic Zone MUST STOP - NOW! IT’S UP TO US.”
The alert’s authors want the board to send letters to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, and “all federal and state representatives and agencies” telling them to stop the relicensing process “until the 3-D seismic mapping of adjacent fault systems ... is completed and independently reviewed.”
In his news release, Hill noted that the Board of Supervisors sent a letter last year to the NRC asking them to delay relicensing the power plant until seismic studies have been completed and include a third-party review.
However, that letter went out before the tragedy in Japan. Many local residents want the board to, at a minimum, restate their position.
Hill said he has been meeting with Rep. Lois Capps, state Sen. Sam Blakeslee and PG&E senior executives about the plant’s safety.
The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Board of Supervisors chambers in the county government center, 1055 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.