APphoto_Nuclear Reactor-Earthquakes

This Sept. 20, 2005, file photo, shows Pacific Gas and Electric's Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in Avila Beach, Calif. Michael Peck, a senior federal nuclear expert, is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults. Peck, who for five years was Diablo Canyon's lead on-site inspector, says in a 42-page, confidential report that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is not applying the safety rules it set out for the plant's operation.
Michael A. Mariant
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