May 3, 2011 3:19 PM by Nancy Chen

Dissecting Diablo: A look into the nuclear power plant's past

Tonight, we look at what made the nuclear power plant in our backyard what it is today.

Controversy is nothing new at Diablo Canyon; it's a lightning rod for opponents who say the plant has a history that's proof it's not as safe as it needs to be, and several lawmakers have repeatedly called for more studies.

"I've spoken to PG&E scientists who have said that if they would have known there was a fault in that location, they never would have recommended the plant to be placed there," said local State Senator Sam Blakeslee.

But PG&E and federal regulators insist there's no cause for concern.

"We take our safety systems very seriously," said Ken Peters, the Diablo Canyon Vice President of Engineering.

KSBY News dug into the archives for the second part of our series on Diablo in "Shaky History."

There have been surprises in its past--but what does it mean for today?

Watch KSBY News at 6 p.m. for the story.

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