Comments by DonnaGilmore

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Posted on March 6 at 10:59 a.m.

The Coastal Commission was right. We don't need more seismic studies. There is sufficient data to determine that Diablo Canyon is not designed for current earthquake risks. I attended that Coastal Commission meeting. Their excellent staff did the research needed to determine this. California has a large surplus of energy without Diablo Canyon, so why are we living with this unnecessary risk? Diablo Canyon kills and maims millions of fish and other marine life every year and damage the ecosystem with their once-through cooling system that does not comply with the Federal Clean Water Act. Diablo Canyon must routinely release radiation into the environment as part of their normal operation. A well respected German health study confirmed the higher leukemia rates to children under 5 years of age living near nuclear power plants. See details at

On Fukushima Stirs Diablo Fears

Posted on January 27 at 5:26 p.m.

The good news is California has over a 40% surplus of power WITHOUT either California nuclear plant, so we don't need to live with these devastating risks. See chart with Public Utilities Commission data at

It's time for the Governor and California legislators to do their job to keep Californians safe from a nuclear disaster. Both Diablo Canyon and San Onofre nuclear power plants are in the ring of fire and neither one is designed to handle current know earthquake risks. Both plants are out of compliance with the state and federal once-through cooling ban, yet California regulators continues to give the nuclear plants years to even submit a plan. The cost to retrofit for once-through cooling is so expensive (if even feasible), it would not be worth the money to ratepayers to keep these plants open. We could be the next Fukushima if our California political "leaders" don't act now. What are they waiting for? They have the authority through the CPUC and the Water Resources Control Board to shut these plants down now. A radiation meltdown at either plant will mean leaving your homes forever and will wreck the state and national economy. For more information, go to and

In addition, the San Onofre nuclear plant already leaked radiation last year due to severely defective steam generators. Southern California Edison wants to restart the plant without fixing this equipment. San Onofre also has the highest rate of safety complaints in the nation and the highest rate of retaliation against employees who report safety problems.

40% of our nation's cargo imports (and 30% of the exports) come through California's ports. Why are we risking the world economy and our food supply for nuclear reactors we don't need?

On No Longer a Rational Option

Posted on March 11 at 11:23 a.m.

San Onofre and Diablo Canyon have two of the worst safety records of all US nuclear reactors. And San Onofre has worst record of retaliating against employees who report safety concerns. See NRC safety allegation data at

We don't need the energy from either of these plants. See government data supporting this at

Like Fukushima, both plants sit near dangerous and unpredictable earthquake faults. The US Geological Society website says scientists estimate that over the next 30 years the probability of a major earthquake occurring in the San Francisco Bay area is 67% and 60% in Southern California.

San Onofre has been offline since 1/31/2012 due to defective steam generators. These generators were supposed to last 40 years yet failed in less than two years. Employees warned that safety tests were not done before these were installed, but they were ignored by the NRC and Southern California Edison (the plant operator and major owner). A leak in reactor Unit 3 resulted in a radiation release in the atmosphere that Edison initially denied. Steam generators are a critical component in a nuclear reactor and failure can result in a nuclear meltdown. We were lucky this time. Edison is working day and night to put those defective steam generators back on-line. Do you trust them to do it right this time?

Edison has been blocking solar installations and has stopped millions of dollars of federal solar installations from being connected to the grid. California government is depending on PG&E and Edison to convert 33% of their energy supply to renewable energy sources by 2020. Why should they comply when they make millions every day the nuclear plants are running?

The system is broken. Our elected officials and government agencies are not doing their job, so it's time for the people to do it for them. Download and sign the California Nuclear Initiative petition by April 7th. This Initiative will allow citizens to vote in November to effectively shut down both San Onofre and Diablo Canyon. Over 500,000 valid signatures are needed, so we need all of you to do your part and also share this information with others. No one is going to do this for you, so please take action today. This is not a day to sit on the sidelines. We are at serious risk of becoming Fukushima USA.

On In the Shadow of Diablo, Remembering Fukushima

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