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Sep 8, 2010 5:52 PM by Danielle Lerner

NRC seismic information workshop draws more than 100 people

More than 100 people packed into the Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo for the NRC's seismic information workshop Wednesday. Today's presentations are focusing on the science of earthquakes, and how the information is used to design nuclear power plants.

Seismic safety is an ongoing safety issue at Diablo Canyon, especially as the plant attempts to renew its two operating licenses for 20 more years.

Jane Swanson, of San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, says more seismic studies are needed. A series of studies on the newly-discovered Shoreline Fault just offshore of the plant will be complete in 2013.

"Knowledge is always a good thing and I've learned more about seismology today, but this workshop has no bearing on the legal challenges to early license renewal," said Swanson.

PGE says monitoring seismic activity at the plant is a daily priority. A spokesperson also says Diablo Canyon was designed, engineered and constructed to safely withstand the larges possible earthquakes that nearby faults could deliver.

"We've looked at seismic issues since the plane's inception and we continue to look at seismic issues each and every day," said Kory Raftery, a spokesperson for PGE.

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