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This nuclear plant re-licensing issue is personal




I have been a resident of this county since 1972 and a neighbor of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant for more than a quarter century. Some of my concerns regarding re-licensing are these:

Thousands of tons of high-level ionizing radioactive waste stored here for the foreseeable future—no one knows if there will be another 20 years’ worth of nuclear waste added to that. California falls into the highest seismic risk category in the nation; the frequency of earthquakes in this state is 10 times higher than for the rest of the world.

There is no 100 percent guarantee of security. It is documented that an American Al Qaeda suspect was arrested in Yemen. This man worked in six American nuclear plants from 2002 to 2006.

Nothing can stop a hijacked airliner from crashing into the fuel pools and dry cask storage units.

Twenty-seven aging nuclear plants are found to have leaked radioactive tritium since 1986. Some millions of gallons of tritium-tainted water was found to be leaking from the Braidwood nuclear plant in Illinois, some of which contaminated residential wells. The leaks—many from deteriorating underground pipes—come as the nuclear industry is seeking and obtaining federal license renewals.

The Diablo Canyon plant, like all nuclear plants, releases small amounts of tritium in the form of gas and water runoff.

A comprehensive five-year study by a National Research Council committee that included Stanford’s Herbert L. Abrams, professor emeritus of radiology at Stanford and Harvard universities, prepared a landmark 700-page advisory report to the U.S. government titled “Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR) VII.” Bottom line: Even low doses of radiation increase risk of cancer and other adverse health-related impacts and cellular injury.

DNA is what makes us what and who we are. This is personal.

I feel the cost of re-licensing Diablo Canyon Nuclear facility is too high, both financially and in human and environmental health.

-- Marty Brown - Atascadero

-- Marty Brown - Atascadero

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