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Keep an eye on Diablo Canyon 

Shell Beach

While attending the morning session of the Diablo Canyon Independent Safety Committee “Public” meeting on Oct. 7, PG&E’s Bill Guidemond indicated the plant has established a Management Review Committee as part of their Corrective Action Program that has an average of 50 action requests DAILY. Because the committee meets four days a week (Monday through Thursday), they receive in the neighborhood of 200 issues weekly, thus, 800 issues monthly. These issues can include anything from leaks to procedural violations.

At the evening session the committee chairperson closed the session after public comments saying that they had covered all four issues originally slated for the evening (including cask storage) with the afternoon agenda.

When I let the chairperson know how outrageous that action was, he indicated that they had the prerogative to change the agenda and that some PG&E presenters could not stay for the evening meeting.

This was very disrespectful to the public to schedule this meeting in Avila Beach, put out an agenda with times and topics, and allow the public to spend gas money (forgoing other obligations), and then be told that the topics they had come to hear and comment on for the public record had had already been covered.

After most people had left, I did learn from PG&E’s L. Jearl Strickland (who was present and could have presented his report at that time), that Diablo Canyon is the only nuclear power plant in the world that has anchored its storage casks due to seismic concerns. That certainly is worrisome, but I could not pursue that concern on the public record!

It seems that PG&E’s whims are much more important than the public at the DCISC “Public” meetings. In going to these meetings over a few years, I regularly see reactions to problems but little preventative action by the committee to make the plant safer for the public or the workers. Mothers for Peace urges concerned residents of this county to come to the next meeting on February 11 to 12, 2009.

-- June Cochran - Mothers for Peace, Board of Directors

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