A top Nuclear Regulatory Commission official has rejected a federal expert’s recommendation to shut down California’s last operating nuclear power plant until it can determine whether its reactors can withstand powerful shaking from nearby earthquake faults.
Pacific Gas and Electric, owner of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant near Morrow Bay, plans to map the underwater fault lines to determine their risk to the plant, but environmentalists claim that could kill countless fish.
Plans to use powerful air cannons in an undersea seismic study near a Central California nuclear power plant have federal and state officials juggling concerns over marine life with public safety.
The proposed Nuclear Waste Act of 2012 would require that no nuclear power be generated until the federal government can permanently dispose of high-level nuclear waste.
Those opposed to nuclear power turned out to share their views with the Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco on Thursday.
California’s two nuclear power plants should not rely on pools similar to those used at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant for long term storage of spent fuel rods, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Wednesday.
In California, home to two seaside nuclear plants located close to earthquake fault lines, federal officials said four of the 11 stationary monitors were offline for repairs or maintenance last week.
California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein have asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to inspect two California nuclear plants built near earthquake faults to ensure they can withstand a major quake.
Operators at California’s two nuclear plants say their facilities can withstand a higher magnitude earthquake than scientists predict could ever strike the plants.