Plant is dangerous
I feel the cost of relicensing the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant is too high, both financially and in human and environmental health. Some of my concerns are:
Thousands of tons of high-level ionizing radioactive waste are stored here.
California falls into the highest seismic risk category in the nation. The frequency of earthquakes in this state is one of the highest in the world.
There is no 100 percent guarantee of security. Nothing can stop a hijacked airliner from crashing into the fuel pools and dry cask storage units.
Twenty-seven aging nuclear plants are found to have leaked radioactive tritium since 1986.
Millions of gallons of tritium-tainted water was found to be leaking from the Braidwood nuclear plant in Illinois; some of it contaminated residential wells.
The Diablo Canyon plant, like all nuclear plants, releases small amounts of tritium in the form of gas and water runoff.
A comprehensive 5-year study by a National Research Council committee that included radiologists from Stanford and Harvard prepared a landmark report that says even low doses of radiation increase the risk of cancer and other adverse health effects, including cellular injury.
Smart move, PG&E
By installing SmartMeters, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has provided us with the ability to monitor our electric and gas usage so that we can find ways to economize on our energy use.
For instance, if we examine our energy usage online, we would find that in August, it is cheaper to run our air conditioners at 3 a.m. instead of 3 p.m. and in December, we should set the thermostat at 60 degrees.Things like that.
PG&E is the real smart one here. By laying off all the meter readers, PG&E probably saves more than $75,000 per year per reader in salary, administrative costs, medical benefits, retirement, vehicle costs and Social Security share.
And, of course, the meter readers’ unemployment is paid for by the taxpayer.
Uh oh! Watch out
Lest we forget! The same people who brought us the San Bruno gas line explosion are also the same people who are involved with the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant extension and with the SmartMeter installation on all county electricity meters.
Thanks for help
I’m writing to thank Central Coast Funds for Children for its $2,000 donation toward the Big Brothers Big Sisters school-based mentoring programs.
Central Coast Funds for Children’s generosity will help ensure that participating elementary students and high school and college-aged mentors will build self-esteem and other developmental assets.
When children’s self-confidence increases and they feel better overall, positive changes start to occur. Based on the data we collect from our clients, 77 percent increased their grades, 82 percent improved their classroom behavior, 77 percent were better able to avoid substance abuse, 75 percent showed more respect for other cultures and 77 percent improved their relationships with other children.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County executive director
I would like to thank Central Coast Funds for Children for their donation of $4,500 to our program.
Abused Children’s Treatment Services offers therapy and support to sexually abused children and adolescents. The donation will help us provide clients with opportunities they would otherwise not have.
Members of Central Coast Funds for Children work tirelessly year-round to raise money and to raise awareness of the needs of underprivileged children.
The Central Coast Funds for Children website tells of caring women who generously give time and energy to a cause that ultimately affects us all because, as a smart person once said, children are our future.
Abused Children’s Treatment Services