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Written blog of March 23[edit]

what's buried in most of the stories about the renewal process. Diablo Canyon is already licensed until 2024. That's another 13 years. Yet PG&E is pushing for a 20-year extension now.

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We've been thinking a lot about Diablo Canyon lately, the California nuclear power plant built near more than one fault line that also operated without one of its emergency back-up pumps for more than a year.

The folks that run Diablo Canyon, Pacific Gas & Electric, are currently applying for a license renewal. But here's what's buried in most of the stories about the renewal process. Diablo Canyon is already licensed until 2024. That's another 13 years. Yet PG&E is pushing for a 20-year extension now.

Anyone besides local state senator Sam Blakeslee want to raise a red flag on that?

On the show last night: The amazing saga of human error at Diablo Canyon.

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Anyone besides local state senator Sam Blakeslee want to raise a red flag on that?

Broadcast of March 22=[edit]

March 22, 2011 Rachel Maddow blasts DCPP [[1]]

In her heated talk, interspersed with the sound of a cashregister, she goes through a litany of putative human error. retrofitting re-retrofitted unless your safety experts are from the planet krypton... In the aftermath of Fukushima, pundits did not waste any time in pontificating on the human error at Diablo. On March 24, 2011, Rachel Maddow gave a withering talk blasting PG&E insignifigant faults. The gist of which is given in the below rough summary transcript.

by 1970 permits had been ...when applied, said only insig fa no movement for 100,000 and possibly millions of years....yrs totally nonseismic humans decide 1971 new fault less than 3 miles 320 mill to 5 bill < 15x 81 uh oh again ...built backwards...looked at

2008 new fault less than a mile from the plant PG&E & NRC no problem state commission 3 yrs ago demandsbut state comm demands 3d seismic mapping

star crossed human error riddled nuclear reactor all along

Gavin Newsom[edit]

Gavin Newsom on TV to

Union of Concerned Scientists[edit]

drops this bomb shell pumps valves stuck for eighteen months. In an emergency Bl lic susp until finish. Would have been no backup cooling systems.

People who came before us should be given the benefit of the doubt

That should have been a hint maybe...Diablo Canyon?

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Artemis Eneldo

In 1954 Lewis Strauss said nuclear power would be "too cheap to meter."

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newsblog903

Diablo Canyon- the name says it all!

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[1] New fault near Diablo Canyon plant made known

David Perlman, Chronicle Science Editor

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Print E-mail Share Comments (8) Font | Size: 47 More News

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An unknown seismic fault has been detected on the ocean floor a half-mile from Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, and a company report on the discovery says the plant could safely withstand a magnitude- 6.5 earthquake on the fault.

The fault zone was detected more than two years ago by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey working with the utility, and was promptly reported to the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, but its existence did not become widely known until Tuesday.

William Ellsworth, the USGS scientist who developed the method used to determine the fault's dimensions, said it is "not a major fault." The Shoreline Fault Zone runs for 14 miles offshore in three segments, roughly from the vicinity of a coastal feature called Point Buchon northwest of the plant to well out in San Luis Obispo Bay.

Ellsworth said the USGS and the utility have long had a standard cooperative agreement to work jointly on seismic research, and that the fault was found by scientists gathering seafloor data for a new assessment of probabilities for major quakes in the Bay Area.

The fault, Ellsworth said, runs vertically about 6 miles beneath the seafloor and is known as a "strike-slip" fault, which means that in its motion one side would slip past the other.

The fault lies about 3 miles inshore from the well-known Hosgri Fault, whose discovery in 1971 by scientists forced PG&E to upgrade the plant's design.

E-mail David Perlman at dperlman@sfchronicle.com.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/03/15/MNQU1IC5I0.DTL#ixzz1NK7KbCeA