Coastal Commission Rejects Seismic Studies Near Nuclear Plant
Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. (November 14, 2012)
Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which owns the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, claimed the testing is needed to create 3D maps of the fault lines along the sea floor.
State law has required extensive testing of California fault-lines but PG&E says its more urgent in light of the devastating 9.0 quake that hit Japan last year.
But commissioners said the impact to sensitive marine mammals along the Central Coast would be too great, and they felt PG&E did not make the case that such testing was necessary.
In a statement, PG&E said it was disappointed with the decision and will evaluate its next move.
It could reapply for a permit, but several commissioners indicated they would be hard-pressed to change their minds if the issue came up again.