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Jan 27, 2010 1:46 AM by Monica Quintero

Safety concern at Diablo Canyon addressed at public meeting

A recent safety concern at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant took center stage at a public meeting Tuesday night.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission discussed their findings of a special inspection. This comes after PG&E changed the position of some valves in a safety system. The system was designed to cool the reactor in the event of an accident. The NRC said there was "no real impact on plant safety." But still, there are some people who are concerned. Jane Swanson with San Luis Obispo Mother's for Peace, said, "Even though, PG&E assures us that there's an alternate to get to them and manually turn them. Nonetheless, it's still a compromise of the emergency core cooling system." Emily Archer, PG&E Spokesperson, said, "Throughout this process, there was never a threat to the public or to our employees." PG&E is now asking to extend the plant's licenses another 20 years. The NRC said a public meeting will be held on that topic in February.

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