H-SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Nov 6, 2012 11:43 AM by Associated Press

Calif. staff oppose nuke plant quake study

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) - A report to state regulators opposes a plan to use sonic blasts to conduct earthquake surveys in the waters off of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

The staff report to the California Coastal Commission say the blasts could cause disturbances among some 7,000 whales, porpoises and other marine animals near the Central California coastal plant.

The commission is expected to vote next week on a request by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to use air guns that would create strong sound waves to map fault zones in a 130-square-mile area.

PG&E spokesman Blair Jones says the utility is committed to safe testing and similar tests conducted around the world haven't had any longtime impacts on marine life.

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