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Issues on the table 

click to enlarge PHOTO BY STEVE E. MILLER
  • PHOTO BY STEVE E. MILLER

San Luis Obispo County was host to new Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane (center), who spent the day touring Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant and meeting with local watchdog groups SLO Mothers for Peace and the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility, as well as county supervisors Bruce Gibson (left) and Adam Hill (right) on Jan. 15. By all accounts, Macfarlane—the only NRC commissioner with a background in geology—asked good questions and took a lot of notes, discussing the need for greater seismic hazard assessment of the plant prior to any relicensing, as well as long-term storage of its highly toxic spent fuel and improving communications between the agency and the public. The stop was one of many in an international tour that included the Southern Edison plant in San Onofre and the hazardous Fukushima-Daiichi plant in Japan.

 

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