Thu Nov 15, 2012, 09:46 AM
bananas (24,041 posts)
Calif. coastal panel denies permit for offshore earthquake study near nuclear power plant
Source: Associated Press
Citing harm to marine life, California coastal regulators on Wednesday soundly rejected a utility’s plan to map offshore earthquake faults near a nuclear power plant by blasting loud air cannons.
The unanimous vote by the California Coastal Commission came after an hours-long public hearing attended by environmentalists, fishermen and residents who were overwhelmingly opposed to the seismic testing.
The proposed survey by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. involves firing sonic pulses into the ocean. Sensors on the seafloor would pick up the echoes to create 3-D maps of geologic faults that the utility said are needed to understand the seismic hazards around the Diablo Canyon facility.
The commission’s staff had urged the panel to reject the plan. In a report this month, the staff said sonic blasts would cause “significant and unavoidable impacts to marine resources.” More than 7,000 sea mammals would be disturbed by the ear-piercing noise, including fin whales, blue whales, humpback whales, and harbor porpoises.
Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/calif-coastal-panel-rejects-utilitys-proposal-for-mapping-quake-faults-near-nuclear-plant/2012/11/14/13474bfe-2ec1-11e2-b631-2aad9d9c73ac_story.html
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Calif. coastal panel denies permit for offshore earthquake study near nuclear power plant (Original post)
Response to flamingdem (Reply #2)
Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:06 AM
NYC_SKP (63,112 posts)
3. Reopen? I don't think it's closed.
they had a jellyfish problem, then a transformer, each shut down one of the two reactors, but the plant remains open AFAIK.
Response to bananas (Original post)
Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:26 AM
Puzzledtraveller (5,044 posts)
5. Is there a potential hazard that would require this mapping?
As in, we sure as heck would want to mitigate the damages done to a nuclear plant in the event of an earthquake, at that point, there would be no marine life left. Just asking.
Response to Puzzledtraveller (Reply #5)
Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:05 PM
bananas (24,041 posts)
7. For one thing, it's near a fault that wasn't discovered until 2008
There may be other undiscovered faults in the area. The article mentions: "Diablo Canyon sits within three miles of two underwater earthquake faults, including one that was discovered in 2008."