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Diablo supplement doesn't satisfy activist group

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Mothers for Peace in San Luis Obispo isn't satisfied with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's May 29 release of a report concerning spent fuel storage at Diablo Canyon.

The report is a supplement to the commission's previous environmental assessment and maintains that the construction and operation of an independent spent fuel storage installation would "not result in a significant effect on the human environment" in the case of a terrorist attack.

Local opposition of the plant stretches back for years, but the most recent developments come on the heels of Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision of almost exactly a year ago, ordering the commission to conduct a study on the environmental impact of a potential terrorist attack on Diablo Canyon. That decision was a result of the local Mothers for Peace, who brought a lawsuit in response to what they saw as a failure by the commission to take an attack into account when it licensed PG&E to construct dry storage casks for the plant's spent fuel rods.

Mothers for Peace spokesperson Jane Swanson referred to the supplement as "lackluster," citing what she considered to be a lack of consideration to a "very broad range of threats."

The commission responded to such apprehension in its supplement by citing a national increase in security following the 2001 attacks, measures aimed at reducing the potential for terrorists to gain control of an aircraft, increased communication between the federal government and agencies like the commission, and an order for PG&E to increase security at the site.

The storage installation is under construction, but Mothers for Peace plans to examine the environmental assessment and request a hearing on its shortcomings by the end of June.

 

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