PG&E asks for delay in licensing nuclear plant in Calif.

The TribuneApril 12, 2011 

The nuclear accident in Japan and resulting public concern about earthquake safety at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant have led PG&E to ask federal regulators to delay final implementation of the license renewal process for the plant.

In a letter dated Sunday to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, PG&E calls its request “prudent” in light of the damage the Japanese nuclear plant sustained a month ago after the earthquake and tsunami there.

"PG&E therefore requests that the commission delay the final processing of the LRA (license renewal application) such that the renewed operating licenses, if approved, would not be issued until after PG&E has completed the 3-D seismic studies and submitted a report to the NRC addressing the results of those studies,” wrote John Conway, PG&E’s chief nuclear officer.

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