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Diablo Canyon in the News

 

On December 3, 2014 Senator Sam Blakeslee testified before The Environment and Public Works Committee in Washington DC. His testimony (at 9minutes in) can be viewed here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymxNUmlafcU

Or you can read the accompanying 28 page report: (here)

 

Successful Lake Clean Ups

Since Septemeber, ECOSLO, in partnership with San Luis Obispo County Parks, has coordinated four very successful lake clean ups, which have removed a total of over 740 pounds of trash!. The fourth clean up will be this Saturday at Lopez Lake from 9am to noon.

The first clean up was part of Coastal Cleanup Day, on September 20th. Ranger Wemple at Lopez Lake contacted ECOSLO to join the event because he had noticed a large amount litter had accumulated on the dry parts of the lake bed and shoreline. Five volunteers assisted that day to remove over 80 pounds of trash and recyclables from the land adjacent to the lake. With every clean up since, ECOSLO has been joined by more volunteers who have been able to remove a greater amount of litter. On October 25th, twelve volunteers cleaned up over 300 pounds of trash and recyclables from Lopez Lake, and on November 15th, 35 people helped to remove over 360 pounds of litter from Santa Margarita Lake.

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Our County's lack of rain has caused the lakes to decrease dramatically in size. Lopez is currently at 42 percent capacity. The silver lining is the opportunity to gain greater access to the lake bed to remove litter that has been stuck in the mud for years. It is important to remove all the debris before too much rainfall carries the litter back into the lake. If this debris continues to exist in the natural environment, it impacts the wildlife-fish, birds, deer, etc.- who might ingest the litter, thinking it is food, which is incredibly harmful to the animals. Another large concern is that a lot of the plastic pieces found were degraded by the sun, which when picked up, crack into a hundred smaller pieces, making it near impossible to completely remove. The plastic pieces get smaller, they do not disappear, and the plastic continues to exist in the environment through the soil and the water.

ECOSLO and SLO County Parks are hoping to have an opportunity to continue these lake clean ups in the near future. Interested volunteers do not need to register for Saturday's event. Meet ECOSLO at the Lopez Lake Marina at 9:00AM. Please wear sturdy shoes, as there will likely be mud after this week's rain. All supplies will be provided.

Call Adria, Program Coordinator, at 544-1777 or email programs@ecoslo.org if you have any questions.

Diablo Canyon- Recent Senate Hearing, and Emergency Warning Plans Below Standard

California nuke plant key in quake safety review
 
By K. Freking and M. Blood, Sacramento Bee, December 3, 2015
 
WASHINGTON- Federal regulators have been too slow and lax when it comes to ensuring the safety of California's last operating nuclear plant, according to Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, who clashed repeatedly with members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission during a Senate committee hearing Wednesday.
 
Boxer said that the lessons of Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster more than three years ago have not been taken to heart nearly enough at Diablo Canyon, where new seismic faults have been discovered since the plant was constructed decades ago. Boxer pointed out that a senior federal expert has urged the NRC to shut down the plant until the agency can determine whether the reactors can withstand shaking from any of the nearby faults.
 
Boxer said lax enforcement of seismic safeguards extends to other nuclear plants, too. She said the agency has yet to fully complete any of 12 key safety recommendations that a task force made in response to Fukushima more than three years ago.
 

 

NRC downgrades safety designation at Diablo Canyon

Inspection finds nuclear plant's emergency warning plan below standard

By D. Sneed, The Tribune, December 3, 2015

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission notified PG&E by letter this week that it has tentatively downgraded a Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant safety designation because of unauthorized changes in the plant's emergency warning procedures for boats offshore from the plant.

The agency has tentatively decided that a color-coded inspection finding in the emergency preparedness category should be changed from green to white. Green represents the lowest level of safety concern, and white indicates a low to moderate level of concern.

In 2005, PG&E changed its emergency response plan for the area five to 10 miles offshore of the plant in the event of a radioactive leak or other emergency. Specifically, the changes failed to include adequate procedures for notifying boaters, San Luis Obispo County and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/12/03/3379873_diablo-canyon-safety-designation.html?sp=/99/100/&rh=1#storylink=cpy

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