The State Lands Commission kills Diablo Environmental Review

Executive Summary The following material includes a review of the recent decision by the California State Lands Commission (SLC) that extended Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s (PG&E) lease of state lands but denied a proposed Environmental Impact Report (EIR).  The … Continue reading

Whose Fault?

If an earthquake fault caused a nuclear accident at California’s Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, whose fault would it be?  Did you know that Diablo Canyon is adjacent to two active earthquake faults: the Hosgri and Shoreline faults? When we think of earthquake damage we think of buildings shaking and crumbling, pipes bursting and breaking. […]

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The Diablo Blockade

This is the detailed Story of the Abalone Alliance’s historic 18 day blockade at Diablo Canyon. It is still the largest act of civil disobedience at a commercial US nuclear reactor when over 1900 arrests took place. Its being posted in remembrance of the 30th anniversary of the blockade’s September 10th, 1981 action.

The Alliance was formed in June of 1977 and at its peak was made up of groups from across California, with the goal of stopping Diablo Canyon from operating. On the last day of the blockade a newly hired 25 year old PG&E engineer discovered that the seismic supports were put in upside down. See the previous article for more details on this dramatic discovery!

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Diagram Goof Delays Diablo

Just as the Abalone Alliance’s historic 20 day blockade at Diablo Canyon was coming to an end, a 25 year old, newly hired engineer discovered that Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) had built seismic bracing for unit one upside down. The dramatic error took place after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission had given the go ahead to load and start operation of Diablo Canyon unit one. It would force PG&E to do 3 more years of work and over $3 billion repairing the critical error and hundreds of more problems that were also found.

Here is the Abalone Alliance’s article of the design errors in its October 1981 Newsletter.

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Cal Nukes on Faultlines: Shut Them Down Now!

The California Energy Commission (CEC) will be holding hearings on July 26th concerning the state’s long term power needs. Last spring the CEC sent out data requests to both Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) concerning safety related issues at their nuclear facilities. The CEC list of questions was extensive. Both PG&E and SCE have replied to CEC’s data request and those documents were publicly made available for review on July 14th. It should be noted that PG&E did not respond to a single question, but instead submitted 36 seismic reports several hundred pages long.

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