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The California Public Utilities Commission yesterday dismissed a request from Pacific Gas & Electric to pass on its cost of relicensing the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant on the state’s central coast, the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility reported yesterday. On Monday, the group also filed a brief seeking to block a similar move by Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric, who are also seeking to relicense the San Onofre plant for 20 years.

The main contention posed by the Alliance, and reasoning for the commission’s denial, centers around a lack of new seismic studies the utilities were ordered to conduct before relicensing. Such studies aren’t expected to be completed for Diablo Canyon until the end of 2015.

“PG&E has known all along what our state expected them to do, and has flaunted those orders, wasting time and money in the process,” says Rochelle Becker, executive director of the Alliance.

Last year, the Reader reported on new fault lines that have been discovered since the construction of San Onofre, some within a mile of the plant. In the wake of Japan’s Fukushima disaster this spring, the Alliance argues that such studies concerning the safety of the plant, which they had been pushing for long before the Japanese meltdown, become even more important.

Over 8.4 million people live within the 50-mile evacuation zone for which the Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires power generators to develop an emergency plan. Downtown San Diego is 45 miles from San Onofre's nuclear power plant.

Image of Diablo Canyon Power Plant from www.slocounty.ca.gov

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Founder Dec. 23, 2011 @ 9:55 a.m.

Xmas comes early for Californians!

It is about time that the CPUC starts ruling in favor of the rate payers instead of the stockholders of qll these Public Utilities that have morphed into ShareHolder monopolies!

I hope they consider this Rip Off NEXT:http://is.gd/eQog1d

as posted on Huffington Post: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs...

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Founder Dec. 23, 2011 @ 10:14 a.m.

If you are interested in finding out more about Nuclear Safety affecting San Diego check out these links: http://sanonofresafety.org/ http://sanonofresafety.org/california-nuclear-initiative/ http://sanonofresafety.org/about-california-nuclear-initiative/

How would San Diego deal with a Fukushima type disaster at San Onofre? Everyone that loves living in SoCal needs to learn more about this ASAP!

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PatsyT Dec. 28, 2011 @ 3:05 p.m.

It's very hard to trust PG&E and SC Edison. If they really have our safety as their first priority they will voluntarily phase out these Aging Reactors on our Seismically Active Coast.

Aging Reactors+ Tsunami Zone+ Earthquake Hazard+ Worst Safety Rating of all the Reactors in the U.S.+ Profit First Thinking= Fukushima http://decommission.sanonofre.com/

Safety rating info: "San Onofre consistently has the highest number of safety and discrimination allegations compared to all other U.S. nuclear energy facilities, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)." http://sanonofresafety.org/safety-allegations-8/

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Founder Jan. 1, 2012 @ 8:21 a.m.

WOW that is one heck of a LINK! Thanks Again!

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