Many letters have been written decrying the closure of the (appropriately named) Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, hoping, I guess, that PG&E will somehow change its mind.
These authors usually go on to make the arguments that nuclear power is cheap, safe, clean energy. The facts contradict these arguments, but one very important problem remains missing from their arguments — the waste. Where’s it going to go?
They never have the answer for this. Diablo already ran out of storage ages ago, and the highly radioactive and dangerous waste is now sitting around in casks.
Yucca Mountain can’t and won’t happen, so what’s the gameplan here? Oh, that’s right — there isn’t one.
Hopes and prayers aren’t needed for energy sources like solar, which more and more people are installing every day. In fact, it is such a no-brainer many cities are now requiring solar installed on all new building constructions. PG&E unwisely built a nuclear power plant on top of multiple earthquake faults and has no gameplan for the waste problem.
No, it’s not a shame — Diablo’s closure can’t come soon enough.
Angela Henderson, Grover Beach