Today, closure may be one step closer. According to an Associated Press story carried by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is failing to protect public safety, California Sen. Barbara Boxer charged on Monday, announcing that the Senate committee she chairs will hold hearings on how regulators have assessed earthquake risks at California’s last operating nuclear power plant.
Boxer, a Democrat, announced the hearings as The Associated Press disclosed that a federal expert has been urging the NRC to shut the Diablo Canyon plant until regulators can determine whether its reactors can withstand shaking from nearby earthquake faults.
Boxer, chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, says she is alarmed that the recommendation by Michael Peck, the NRC’s former lead inspector at the plant, was made a year ago and that the agency hasn’t acted.