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The State

Nuclear Regulatory Commission members have been asked to tell a House Energy Committee panel why they refused to hold public hearings on whether an earthquake might complicate evacuation of residents around the controversial Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in the event of an accident. The $5.3-billion plant near San Luis Obispo is less than three miles from an offshore fault and was designed to withstand a major quake. The commission turned down requests for hearings last summer, saying the chances of such a quake were remote. The five commissioners are to testify June 27 before a subcommittee on energy conservation and power.


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