Diablo Canyon Vice President James Becker may believe that PG&E has “determined that potential impacts of all nearby faults fall within all design safety margins and that Diablo Canyon remains seismically safe” (“Diablo will heed vital lessons,” March 15), but the state Legislature and the California Energy Commission don’t believe it. AB 1632 requires the Energy Commission to assess seismic risk near California’s nuclear reactors. In a statement issued on March 14, state Sen. Sam Blakeslee wrote that “corporations that operate California’s nuclear power plants are moving aggressively with their efforts to renew their licenses a dozen years before they expire (but) serious concerns about a newly discovered fault running underneath Diablo Canyon — and its potential intersection with another powerful fault that lay just off our coast — have so far gone unaddressed.”
At its scheduled appearance before a Public Utilities Commission judge in San Francisco next month, PG&E can demonstrate how well it has learned vital lessons. Instead of objecting to any requirement that 3-D seismic surveys of the area around Diablo Canyon be completed and peer-reviewed before they get ratepayer funding for their license renewal application, they can agree to it.
Andrew Christie, director, Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club
San Luis Obispo
Same risks here
If the threat of a nuclear meltdown in Japan, as headlined in your own newspaper, isn’t enough reason to deactivate Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant — I don’t know what is!
The headline of a March 14 article in the New York Times says it all: “U.S. Nuclear Plants Have Same Risks, and Backups, as Japan Counterparts.”
The two plants cited are Onofre and Diablo.
It’s time we stopped playing Russian roulette.
Can’t outwit Nature
In regard to the article, “PG&E says Diablo built to avoid a similar crisis,” March 15:
Don’t you think techno-sophisticated Japan, with a history of earthquakes far greater than our own, touted the safety of their own nuclear power plants? Of course they did. Those plants were supposedly built to withstand earthquakes.
We must work with Mother Nature; we can’t outwit her. I hope many of those on the fence can now see the value of embracing alternative energy sources (solar, wind and the like).
I realize an economic argument will come forth about keeping the status quo, especially through lobbyists, but alternative energy can fill that gap. Can we afford the risk of nuclear meltdowns?
San Luis Obispo