Aug 9, 2012 11:42 AM by KSBY News, Carina Corral

NSF: seismic testing will impact marine life near Diablo Canyon

Local fishermen were paying a lot of attention to a meeting Wednesday night regarding seismic testing around Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

Analysts with the National Science Foundation reported that the testing will not have a significant impact on the environment, but conceded there would be impacts on marine life, which means those who make their living at sea would be grounded for at least a month.

Pacific Gas and Electric has offered fishermen $1.2 million in compensation for lost catches, but fishermen said it is not enough because of the potential long term effects.

Testing is being done to give seismologists a better picture of the danger facing Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, operated by PG&E, in the event of an off shore earthquake.

On Tuesday, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors approved the studies to move forward.

The state's land commission will have the final say next Tuesday.

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