In announcing its application to extend the life of Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors until 2045, PG&E emphasized the taxes PG&E contributes to the local economy.
However, there is a long list of unresolved safety and security issues that were not acknowledged. Storing radioactive waste next to two earthquake faults presents a permanent hazard. Neither the faults nor the waste will ever go away. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Homeland Security declare that all nuclear plants are targets of terrorists, and the San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace has a lawsuit pending in federal court regarding the vulnerability of the wastes stored at Diablo. In addition, the NRC is currently investigating why and how Diablo operated for a full 18 months with a defect in control of the system designed to flood the Unit 2 reactor in the event of an accident or sabotage causing a loss of essential cooling water.
Diablo property taxes do not compensate for the safety hazards inherent in the nuclear reactors and waste storage.-Jane Swanson, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace