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Fri Sep 21, 2012, 04:26 PM

California Fish and Game Commission to Discuss PG&E's Diablo Canyon Seismic Study

California Department of Fish and Game News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 21, 2012

Contact: Adrianna Shea, (916) 508-5262

California Fish and Game Commission to Discuss PG&E's Diablo Canyon Seismic Study

Who: The California Fish and Game Commission

When: Sept. 24, at 10 a.m.

Where: Resources Auditorium 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento. The meeting may also be viewed live via the Internet at www.fgc.ca.gov.

What: Meeting to gather information and discuss the status of PG&E's proposed Central Coast seismic imaging project, PG&E's application for a Scientific Collecting Permit, the California Department of Fish and Game's draft parameters for that permit, the Commission's regulatory authorities, roles of other state and federal agencies, plans to minimize study impacts and lessons learned for future projects.

Background: Assembly Bill 1632 (Blakeslee) 2006 required the California Energy Commission (CEC) to compile and assess potential vulnerabilities to a major disruption of the State's two nuclear facilities due to aging or from a major seismic event. In 2008, a previously undiscovered fault zone was found in the vicinity of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant and the CEC issued a report concluding that three-dimensional geophysical seismic reflection mapping and other advanced techniques should be used to explore fault zones near Diablo Canyon. In 2009, the CEC and the California Public Utilities Commission directed PG&E to complete the three-dimensional geophysical studies recommended by the CEC.

The State Lands Commission (SLC), lead agency on the proposed project, certified the EIR for the project on Aug. 14 and on Aug. 20 SLC adopted the Mitigation Monitoring Program, Findings, and Statement of Overriding Considerations. Additionally, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) will consider PG&E's application for a coastal development permit at their Oct. 10-12 meeting in Oceanside.

The Fish and Game Commission has regulatory authority to protect natural resources and oversee Marine Protected Areas, including those near Diablo Canyon. However, the Fish and Game Commission does not have authority to manage whales, dolphins or sea otters. Marine mammals are protected under federal authorities.

Additional Information:
- Fish and Game Commission - www.fgc.ca.gov
- Scientific Collecting Permits - www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/specialpermits
- Marine Protected Areas - www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa

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Note that the meeting can also be viewed online, for those not in/near Sacramento...

(Note also that this is a state government news release that I received as an email. As a gov't press release, there's no copyright issue with posting the entire thing.)

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Fri Sep 21, 2012, 04:35 PM

1. Thanks for passing on the notice / heads up.

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Fri Sep 21, 2012, 04:36 PM

2. I live in San Luis Obispo county and I just wonder what our Board of Supervisors

was thinking by letting the fox into the hen house. PG & E should not be doing the studies on themselves. If they have to be done at all, it should be a neutral third party. Frankly, they should just not renew the permit and shut the plant down so we can concentrate on developing other clean energy. Environmental organizations in the area have already demonstrated how it can be done. Unfortunately, our predominantly Republican elected officials have ties to the oil and energy industries, so it's not hard to see who has been bought off.

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