Organizers are hoping that activists from all over the state will protest the renewal of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant’s operating licenses at a rally at noon Saturday at the pier in Avila Beach.
The peaceful protest, called “No More Nuclear Victims,” is in response to the triple disaster in Japan on March 11 in which a powerful earthquake spawned tsunamis that crippled a nuclear power plant and caused radioactive contamination of air, land and food. Organizer Linda Seeley said she does not know how many people will attend the event sponsored by the anti-nuclear group San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace.
“If there were a release of radioactivity from the plant, it would affect all of California — its health, agriculture and economy,” she said. “Not worth the risk.”
Plant owner PG&E has applied to extend the operating licenses of the plant to 2044 and 2045. Concurrently, the utility is conducting seismic studies to learn more about two earthquake faults found offshore of the plant.
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Mothers for Peace has legally intervened with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in an effort to block license renewal.