Saturday, October 25, 2014     Volume: 29, Issue: 13
Signup
Featured Slideshow

Slideshow

Panga Boat Bust 9/6

Weekly Poll
What will you be doing on Election Night?

Waiting anxiously for the results to come in.
Whatever I'd usually be doing on a Tuesday night.
Shaking my head in shame over the decay of our electoral process.
Getting my passport in order.

Vote! | Poll Results

RSS Feeds

Latest News RSS
Current Issue RSS

Special Features
Delicious
Search or post SLO County food and wine establishments

New Times / Breaking News Story


Diablo safety committee asks for further review on cooling system

BY COLIN RIGLEY

In a special meeting of the Diablo Canyon Independent Safety Committee, members announced that they would like to see further review and analysis of the current proposal to convert cooling systems at the nuclear power plant.

On Aug. 8, the committee held a special meeting outside of its normal quarterly meeting schedule. The committee, tasked with reviewing issues that might impact safety at the plant, revealed its initial findings after reviewing the Bechtel report, Bechtel Power Corporation technical evaluation of various possibilities to update the plant’s cooling system.

Under a state mandate on all coastal power plants, Diablo Canyon is reviewing options to switch from its current once-through cooling method. Based on an approximately two-week review of the report—which was publicly released as a draft on Aug. 7—the committee determined that changes to the cooling system could have potential impacts on backup power systems at the plant.

Primarily due to increased salt in the air from proposed cooling towers, committee members outlined their concerns that corrosion could result in failures of the offsite power system.

Additionally, committee members said the changes would likely require a Nuclear Regulatory Commission review, a process that could take years but was not factored into the proposed construction timeline of about 6 1/2 years.

Read the committee's draft evaluation here.