From Jan. 23 to Jan. 25, activists from California and throughout the United States and Japan gathered in San Luis Obispo to discuss key nuclear issues and strategies for shutting down Diablo Canyon, California’s last operating nuclear power plant.
Although the activists represented different groups with different concerns, they were united under the goal of promoting renewable energies that do not use fossil fuels or produce radioactive wastes.
Don’t take it personally, but we just don’t want an aging, dangerous nuclear plant and nuclear waste dump on our coast — or anyone else’s. Not when recent revelations have exposed collusion between plant operator PG&E and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to minimize the effects of the many earthquake faults under and around Diablo Canyon.
Not when we know that Diablo as well as decommissioned plants such as San Onofre, Humboldt Bay and Rancho Seco are storing nuclear waste in thin canisters capable of cracking after only two years of use. Not when Diablo’s once-through cooling is destroying our marine habitat. And certainly not when we have an ever-expanding renewables market offering plenty of electricity, jobs and tax revenues.
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It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee, San Luis Obispo, and join the 21st century!