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We need Diablo

Santa Maria

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After the catastrophe that hit Japan when an underwater mountain collapsed and caused a Richter 9 earthquake (that’s 1,000 times stronger than any quake that has ever happened in California) and a tsunami inundated the coast, the Henny Pennys came out in force with their usual attacks against Diablo. The only area in the U.S. mainland where there is a similar fault and this type of event could happen is off the coast of Oregon.

Diablo public relations runs weekly tours, and if people would like to see what is done with spent rods, I’m sure they would accommodate them. They have a 40-foot pit, and the spent rods placed in the special barrels are in the bottom.

Apparently, Bill Denneen is proud of his useless act of protesting in front of the Diablo gate. The only act that was sillier was when Martin Sheen demonstrated against the war in front of Vandenberg’s gate.

There is atomic radiation all around us. Back in the 1950s, I participated in an experiment, flying from Orange County to the Hollywood hills with a Geiger counter and was impressed with how many spots showed up. We might be sitting on much more than we could get from a breach.

Diablo has provided cheap power for many decades, as well as hundreds of jobs. Fortunately there are far more intelligent people making operational decisions.

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