May 2, 2011 2:45 PM by Nancy Chen

Dissecting Diablo: How safe are we?

We all asked the same question after the meltdown in Japan--are we safe here near Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant?

Our three-part series on Diablo Canyon kicks off tonight.

We talked to someone on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission during Diablo's early days and asked him what he thinks now.

We also look at the unanswered questions as well as the reassurances PG&E has given us about the plant.

What happened to Neil Aiken, one whistleblower who raised concerns in the late 1990s?

"They trashed his reputation, claimed he was mentally ill and a security risk, and the man lost his job," said Jane Swanson, a spokesperson for the local activist group Mothers For Peace.

The Department of Labor later concluded that PG&E maneuvered to have psychiatrists find "paranoid delusions" in Aiken because of his complaints.

Still, according to the New York Times, the NRC said there was no evidence of any retaliation against Aiken.

In 2000, the Times reported that in the end, he reached a settlement with the company.

We also look at what PG&E says about its plant today.

"Our systems and structures are built for the shaking, the vibratory motion that earthquakes produce," said Ken Peters, Diablo Canyon's vice president of engineering and projects.

We go in-depth in Dissecting Diablo on KSBY News at 6 p.m.



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