Seismic Testing

Seismic Testing

ECOSLO is adamantly against acoustic seismic testing Here are a few resources that best explain our position on seismic testing.  MARCH 8, 2013 – Calif. panel rebuffs Navy on more test blasts, sonar (USA Today) California regulators Friday rejected the Navy’s desire for more underwater explosions and sonar during offshore training and testing, saying the service had not substantiated its claim there would be negligible harm to marine mammals and habitat. The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously against the five-year plan, which is set to begin next January. Commissioners criticized the Navy for presenting sloppy science to support its estimates that only 130 whales, dolphins, other marine mammals and seabirds would be killed and that 1,600 others would suffer hearing loss. Click here to read more. California Coastal Commission Denied Permit for PG&E’s High Energy Seismic Survey and PG&E’s Low Energy Seismic Surveys Need to be Investigated By: Carol Georgi and Karl Kempton | source We would like to thank the California Coastal Commission (CCC) for unanimously denying the permit to PG&E for the High Energy Seismic Survey (HESS) that would have been catastrophic to marine life off California’s Coast. Our research on both types of geophysical seismic surveys indicates the Low Energy Seismic Surveys (LESS) were not properly permitted, managed, monitored, or mitigated. There was no enforcement, oversight, or penalties applied to bring PG&E and Fugro into compliance with the mitigations required by the geophysical survey general permit and the companion Negative Declaration, ND 358 granted by California State Lands Commission (CSLC). We ask for a full investigation. The fishermen were the first who noticed something was wrong...
NRC Downgrades Safety Designation at Diablo Canyon

NRC Downgrades Safety Designation at Diablo Canyon

Inspection finds nuclear plant’s emergency warning plan below standard By D. Sneed, The Tribune, December 3, 2015 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission notified PG&E by letter this week that it has tentatively downgraded a Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant safety designation because of unauthorized changes in the plant’s emergency warning procedures for boats offshore from the plant. The agency has tentatively decided that a color-coded inspection finding in the emergency preparedness category should be changed from green to white. Green represents the lowest level of safety concern, and white indicates a low to moderate level of concern. In 2005, PG&E changed its emergency response plan for the area five to 10 miles offshore of the plant in the event of a radioactive leak or other emergency. Specifically, the changes failed to include adequate procedures for notifying boaters, San Luis Obispo County and the U.S. Coast Guard. Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/12/03/3379873_diablo-canyon-safety-designation.html?sp=/99/100/&rh=1#storylink=cpy “Mike” Michael L. Baird [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia...
Federal Safety Inspector Warns Diablo Canyon May Be Vulnerable to Earthquakes

Federal Safety Inspector Warns Diablo Canyon May Be Vulnerable to Earthquakes

August 25, 2014 Diablo Canyon: Secret document reveals federal safety inspector warned plant is vulnerable to earthquakes and should be shut until proven safe WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an explosive document kept secret for more than a year, a former federal inspector charges that the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California is more vulnerable to earthquakes than initially known and should be shut down until Pacific Gas & Electric Co. can prove its safety. The Associated Press reported today that Dr. Michael Peck, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s former senior resident inspector at Diablo Canyon, in July of 2013, filed an extraordinary and sharp dissent over the agency’s decision to let the plant’s two reactors keep running despite the failure of both PG&E and the NRC to conduct a rigorous safety analysis and take action to address newly identified seismic risks. Diablo Canyon sits on the central California coast, near San Luis Obispo, in close proximity to faults that seismic studies show could trigger an earthquake stronger than the reactors and internal equipment were built to withstand. Peck asked that his dissent, known as a Differing Professional Opinion, be made public, but the agency has not released it. Despite the agency’s policy that Differing Professional Opinions are to be ruled on within 120 days of filing, the NRC has not ruled on the opinion. Friends of the Earth has posted the document on our website at: www.foe.org/diablo. “Inspector Peck is the canary in the coal mine, warning us of a possible catastrophe at Diablo Canyon before it’s too late,” said Damon Moglen, senior strategic advisor at Friends of the Earth. “We agree with him that Diablo Canyon is vulnerable to earthquakes and must be shut down immediately. Rather...
Fracking

Fracking

11 Fracking Sites Shut Down California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers | source California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state’s drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.   image attribution: C European Union 2012 |Green MEPs and anti-fracking activitists pose with fracking flavoured water outside the European...