A new statewide organization with a mission to lobby against nuclear power plants has formed in San Luis Obispo. The Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility (ANR) is a spin-off of the Mothers for Peace.
â€œThe goal is to amend the public resource code, which basically says you canâ€™t build nuclear power plants,â€? said David Weisman, ANR board member. â€œWe want to add a sentence that basically says you canâ€™t re-license existing plants.â€?
Diablo Canyon Power Plant is one of two nuclear power plants in the state.
â€œ[ANR is] a legislative approach, thatâ€™s what makes it different than Mothers [for Peace],â€? said Weisman. Due to its nonprofit status, Mothers for Peace is not allowed to lobby. Mothers for Peace will continue pursuing its lawsuits, though.
â€œThe alliance is a nonprofit, but donations are not tax-deductible because they are lobbying for legislation,â€? said Weisman.
Weisman said that the health costs and risks of operating nuclear power plants are too great to ignore. â€œWe went to the moon and youâ€™re telling me we canâ€™t have wind and solar power that works?â€? said Weisman. â€œWe see a brighter future.â€?