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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 09:46 AM

Calif. coastal panel denies permit for offshore earthquake study near nuclear power plant [View all]

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.

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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.

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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



Unanimous decision!

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