Greens target license renewal for Diablo Canyon nuclear plant

“Greens” target every license renewal of every nuclear plant – here’s the overview on the situation for California’s last nuclear power plant

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Seismic issues and demands for cooling towers are potential points of leverage

Aerial view of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. Aerial view of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

This month the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) kicked off the restart of the  license renewal for the twin 100 MW Westinghouse PWR type nuclear reactors at the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Diablo Canyon site located on California’s Pacific Ocean coast 200 miles north of Los Angeles.

Green groups see the development of an environmental impact statement (EIS), required as part of the license renewal decision process, as a key opportunity to raise two sets of issues.  The first is seismic safety and the second is a demand for the plant to go from an open loop to closed loop cooling system by building cooling towers.

Make no mistake about how these concerns are presented by the California environmental movement. It is stridently anti-nuclear and has just one…

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