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Group files petition to idle coastal nuke plant

By From page B8 | August 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES — An environmental group asked federal regulators Tuesday to idle a California nuclear plant to review potential earthquake risks.

Friends of the Earth – an advocacy group critical of the nuclear power industry – filed a petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission asking for a hearing and charging the Diablo Canyon plant is violating its operating license.

Nearby earthquake faults pose “a serious safety risk to the public and the environment,” the 92-page petition said.

The NRC, which oversees the nation’s commercial nuclear power industry, and Diablo Canyon owner Pacific Gas and Electric Co., have said the nearly three-decade-old reactors, which produce enough electricity for more than 3 million people annually, are safe and that the facility complies with its operating license, including earthquake safety standards. The NRC and PG&E did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday.

 

The Associated Press

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