Supervisor Bruce Gibson has disagreed with PG&E’s decision to simultaneously release the advanced seismic studies report to the public and the CPUC-appointed Independent Peer Review Panel.
What our community members should know is that making this report public is aligned with our commitment to keep them informed on important issues. Publishing this report does not conclude our efforts to continuously study and update our understanding of the seismicity surrounding Diablo Canyon. This report is another step in the ongoing process to ensure the facility can withstand earthquakes.
We are following the established review process set by our regulators. The new seismic research will now be peer-reviewed by a panel Supervisor Gibson sits on. This panel weighed in on how the studies would be performed and now — per the state’s direction — will review the findings. An additional, larger panel of independent experts will also review the research, as will the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The information is also available online for public analysis. PG&E welcomes these multiple layers of public and scientific review.
The process that informed the studies was public. The process that reviews the research is public. We appreciate Supervisor Gibson’s viewpoint but we will not waver from our commitment to make this information publicly available.