Apr 11, 2011 5:49 PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) The owner of California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power complex has asked federal regulators to delay issuing extended operating permits until comprehensive studies are completed on earthquake faults in the area.
There has been an outcry over possible safety risks since a fault was discovered less than a half-mile from the coastal site near San Luis Obispo, a concern heightened by the Japanese nuclear crisis.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. wants the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to renew its license for 20 years to operate the twin reactors. The permits expire in 2024 and 2025. The company says the plants are safe.
In a letter to the NRC dated Sunday, the company says it would be "prudent" to complete the studies prior to granting new licenses for the site along the Central Coast.
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