Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman Lara Uselding claims proper protocol is being followed regarding Michael Peck’s recently unveiled Differing Professional Opinion on safety issues at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.
In his DPO, Peck, senior trainer at NRC’s Technical Training Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., and former NRC chief inspector at Diablo, makes a strong case for shutting the plant now, because critical backup safety equipment could fail in an earthquake on the Shoreline or other faults, causing loss of cooling and possible meltdowns.
The usual practice of NRC is to respond to a DPO within 120 days of its receipt. Given the complexities of Peck’s technical report, it is understandable that NRC might need more than four months to respond to the DPO, but it was filed over 13 months ago, and the NRC still hasn’t responded. Why hasn’t the NRC adhered to its own policy?
While the NRC dawdles, two nuclear reactors are operating at full capacity, increasing the flammable, highly radioactive waste already being stored on this fragile, earthquakeprone coastline. The NRC, charged with protecting people and the environment, cannot in good conscience put PG&E’s profits before health and safety.
The NRC must order Diablo’s shutdown immediately.