Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bob Conaway Urges Paul Cook to Join Him in telling the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Shut down the dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.

In the wake of a 6.0 magnitude earthquake near Napa, a shocking new report from a federal nuclear
safety official raises the prospect that PG&E's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant could face catastrophic failure when the next big earthquake hits, and recommends that it be shut down.1
The report, authored by a former lead on-site inspector, flatly refutes PG&E's claim that the plant's two reactors can withstand an earthquake like the one that rattled northern California just a few weeks ago.2 Incredibly, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is trusting PG&E's internal assessment of the danger of continuing to run the plant, despite the clear conflict of interest.  With half a million people living within 50 miles of this disaster waiting to happen, the Diablo Canyon plant needs to be shut down now.
Tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Shut down the dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. Click here to sign the petition.
The engineers who designed the coastal nuclear plant at Fukushima believed it could withstand any disaster imaginable before a massive earthquake and tsunami struck in 2011 and caused a major catastrophe.
PG&E's engineers similarly claim that the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant can withstand any (?) anticipated earthquake. Aside from the arrogance of concluding structural strength and containment capacity that has never been tested by an earthquake of even what hit San Francisco over a hundred years ago (much less what his Chile recently), the plant was built long before a major fault line was discovered in 2008 -- just a few hundred yards offshore from the coastal nuclear plant. The plant also sits nearby the Los Osos, Hosgri, and San Andreas Faults, a confluence of seismic features with dramatic potential activity that could overcome the plant’s outdated and inadequate safety design features.3
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has the power to revoke PG&E’s license to operate the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant -- and that's exactly what it needs to do.
Urge Paul Cook to join Bob Conaway and tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Shut down the dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. The fallout could poison our environment for a 1,000 years.
You can further express your personal support by clicking the link below to sign the petition: http://act.credoaction.com/sign/diablo_canyon?t=5&akid=11681.2791043.UZW4Cc

1. "AP Exclusive: Expert calls for Diablo Canyon shutdown," Associated Press, August, 25, 2014.
2. To download the full report, click here (PDF).
3. "Petition seeks closure of Diablo Canyon nuclear plant," San Francisco Chronicle, August 27, 2014.
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