A SLO County activist group recently rallied at the beach to express its concerns over the safety of nuclear power. Dressed in gas masks, smelling of patchouli oil, and carrying protest signs that read “Slow the Glo in Slo” and “On Shaky Ground, Shut It Down!” Mothers for Peace turned out in droves to Avila Beach on April 16, demanding Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant’s license be revoked.
The Central Coast environmental-watchdog group recently filed a suit with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in an attempt to stop the operations of all nuclear power plants in the United States.
“There is no solution to what to do with this highly toxic spent fuel, and it’s all over the world,” said Linda Seeley, Mothers for Peace vice president.
The group is demanding that more research and development be invested in renewable energy such as solar, wind, and waves: “We want something that does not leave a toxic legacy of radioactivity for the future generations for the next thousands of years.”
Pacific Gas and Electric spokesman Kory Raftery sidestepped several questions about the protest and the group’s suit, but did offer multiple stock-style quotes, like: “Nuclear safety is our highest priority and is the foundation of our culture at Diablo.”
Mothers for Peace has been clashing with Diablo Canyon since 1973. Seeley says the recent earthquake, tidal wave, and nuclear disaster in Japan was the motivation of this rally.
“Those things PG&E say never happen happened, and look what’s happening now,” Seeley said. “I don’t even think the government of Japan really knows what going on there. We don’t want this procedure of relicensing to continue. We want it to stop now.”
Raftery said PG&E will “evaluate the lessons learned from Japan and make any changes necessary.” He added that safety is an ongoing process and that PG&E has developed a long-term program to learn more about nuclear plants’ designs and seismic features.