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Sep 24, 2012 8:45 PM by Associated Press

State studies impacts of nuke plant seismic tests

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State wildlife officials are mulling whether to issue permits that would allow Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to conduct seismic testing near the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

The California Fish and Game Commission on Monday heard testimony from scientists and others regarding the possible impacts of the large air canons used in the tests on whales and other marine life.

PG&E would use the air canons in the creation of detailed maps of new shoreline fault zones discovered near the plant in 2008.

A State Lands Commission environmental study found that the tests would likely harm marine life, but said that the public safety benefits of conducting the tests outweighed risks to wildlife.

The Coastal Commission is scheduled to hear the issue at its Oct. 10 meeting.

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