Anti nuclear movement gears up


  The ongoing battle to stop Pacific Gas and Electric Co. from renewing its license to operate the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant continued April 14th as part of a nationwide antinuclear campaign. In the wake of the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear facility, activists around the country are calling on the California Public Utilities Commission and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to cease issuing license renewals.

A demonstration of about four dozen lively activists on the steps of the CPUC office across from City Hall followed a public hearing at which more than 30 speakers expressed concern about the presence of nukes in California.   “This is basically an introduction event,” Jason Ahmadi, an Oakland resident and member of the April Action Committee, the group that organized the protest, told the Guardian. “We came out today to make the statement to shut down nuclear facilities.”  

“The PUC acts as an interface between the industry and residents,” Jan Lundberg, oil analyst and founder of the nonprofit Culture Change, said. “The system is out of control. We are trying to keep the truth about nuclear power out there.”   The truth, Lundberg, who spoke in front of the CPUC, includes the irresponsibility of plants creating radioactive waste that will be toxic for thousands of years -- and the risk factors associated with generating nuclear power and maintaining nuclear facilities.  

“I do not approve of nuclear power,” he said. “It’s my planet too. There is a vast overabundance of energy in California. We need to conserve. We need to share.”  

Activists also presented arguments in favor of phasing out nuclear power in California at the Senate Energy Committee in Sacramento today.  

On another anti-nuclear front, close to 45 organizations filed a petition challenging the way the NRC conducts business. NRC officials are required to respond to the petition, according to Jane Swanson, spokesperson for the San Luis Obispo-based Mothers For Peace spokesperson. The petition calls for the suspension of six existing reactor license renewal decisions, including Diablo Canyon as well as permit decisions for 21 proposed nuclear reactor projects in 15 states, according to a Physicians for Social Responsibility news release.  

Swanson told us she thinks it's possible that the NRC will suspend nuclear licenses. “I don’t think this many groups would be working so hard these last few days without a strong possibility of it happening,” Swanson said   

“There is precedent. Lessons have been learned,” she said. The historical precedent Swanson mentioned was a review of all U.S. nuclear facilities after the Three Mile Island accident in 1979, a review that triggered the NRC to suspend all licensing decisions of nukes at that time.  

Currently, Mothers for Peace is suing the NRC and PG&E to require seismic studies of earthquake faults around the plant that have only been recently discovered before PG&E’s license is renewed.   PG&E requested in a letter to the NRC on April 10 that the commission delay the final processing of the application to renew its license, which would keep DCPP operating until 2045, until 3-D seismic studies— studies the CPUC approved funding for in August of last year— were completed.   In response to the company’s attempt to assuage the public’s concern over Diablo Canyon’s long-term safety Swanson said, “PG&E is not really interested in working with anyone, they only care about profits.”  

Mothers for Peace will hold a rally in opposition of license renewal on April 16, in Avila Beach adjacent to the DCPP in San Luis Obispo.


Perhaps Jan Lundberg means there is the potential for a vast overabundance of energy in CA. But if people like Jan Lundberg had their way we'd never build any new power plants to recover that energy.

Fact - extracting energy is a dangerous, messy business no matter which form that energy extraction takes. It's not risk-free nor without consequences, and people who try to convince you it is are lying through their teeth. Solar power stations harm the desert ecosystem and the ones in SoCal also are on land sacred to Native Americans. It's all a trade off but it's never, never going to be without risk.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Apr. 15, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

April 26 is the quarter century anniversary of Chernobyl. It will be a day of national action to say "No More Chernobyl, no more Fukushima". There is one planned in Menlo Park, near USGS, that day. PG&E does not want to consider peer reviewed studies like those of USGS, that show there are even more faults than previously thought near Diablo Canyon. You can find out more about the Menlo Park demo via website above. Or plan your own!

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2011 @ 2:42 pm
Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Apr. 15, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

Don't worry. The EPA says its safe.

US Preparing for Large Scale Radiation Leak (Video)

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2011 @ 9:00 am

Orwell would have a field day with the EPA.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Apr. 16, 2011 @ 10:43 am

When far left and far right meet in the extremes - the Eric Brooks and Republican party love story!

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Apr. 16, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

I have to break my rule just this once to say that you have really outdone yourself with this one 'Lucretia'. You are a -profoundly- stupid person.

Republicans ludicrously and dangerously claim that the EPA is lying via blowing environmental problems out of proportion and unnecessarily interfering with business and commerce in the process. (Sort of like the right wing claims of the 'liberal' media which aren't true either.)

Progressives that accuse the EPA of lying are of course rightly saying -exactly- the opposite, that the EPA is lying by covering up and minimizing real environmental dangers and threats to habitat.

The fact that you are comparing these two blaringly polar opposites as if they are comparable just so you can score points in your endless and inane trolling expedition, is laughably juvenile.

Time to take a break from the keyboard for a while and see if you can get your wits back there 'Snapples'...

That is - if you ever had any to begin with, which I seriously doubt.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Apr. 16, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

Levels of Radioactive Materials Rise Near Japanese Plant

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2011 @ 11:32 am

Uh huh... And the New York Times also told us that there were 'weapons of mass destruction' in Iraq...

Tell me.

You believe what you read in the New York Times, because....?

Posted by Eric Brooks on Apr. 16, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

Dr. Helen Caldicott on Fukushima and the truth about the radioactive fallout from the disaster.~

Posted by Lisa on Apr. 24, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

I am working on a new site I have created some radioactive plume maps based solely on wind. Working on more specific map methodology.

These are existing plumes of radiation caused by "normal" releases.

My methodology is outlined here

I welcome feedback.


Posted by Guest on Jun. 11, 2011 @ 11:01 am

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