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November 11, 1987
Hundreds of San Luis Obispo County residents were startled by an accidental sounding of sirens intended to warn of an accident at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. The warning sirens wailed in Morro Bay, Los Osos and parts of San Luis Obispo, said sheriff's Sgt. Maurice Lane. Lane said workers accidentally tripped the wrong switches during a twice-weekly "silent test." He added, "We got millions of calls. Well, that's an exaggeration. But the phones were ringing.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will perform a special structural safety inspection of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, which was rocked by last week's magnitude 6.5 earthquake along the Central Coast. No damage was found after inspections by operator Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and two NRC inspectors on site at the time of the Dec. 22 quake. But the federal agency is sending a structural engineering expert next week to conduct further inspections. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.
NEWS
November 9, 1987 | Associated Press
The Unit 2 reactor at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant was shut down for repair of an electrical malfunction, a Pacific Gas & Electric spokesman said Sunday. Operators shut down the reactor at 1:15 p.m. Saturday when the electrical problem developed in equipment between the unit's main electrical generator and main transformer, utility spokesman Chuck Peterson said. The problem was not associated with the unit's nuclear system, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A small earthquake shook the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, but no damage was reported. Operators declared an "unusual event" as required by federal law, but plant safety was not affected, said Brad Thomas, spokesman for Pacific Gas & Electric. The quake occurred at 12:27 a.m. Friday and was felt by several people at the twin-reactor plant, Thomas said. Both reactors were operating at the time and continued to operate, Thomas said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is spending $19 million on a four-year study to determine the cost-effectiveness of operating the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant beyond 2023. The licenses for the two reactors expire in 2023 and 2025. A decision on whether to apply for relicensing of the coastal plant will be made after the feasibility study, which will begin in 2007, is completed in 2011. "We would not make a decision before then," PG&E spokeswoman Sharon Gavin said Monday.
NEWS
December 6, 1990 | Associated Press
Radioactive steam escaped from a leaky pipe in a reactor at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant but posed no threat to the public, a utility spokesman said Wednesday. The leak occurred in Unit 2 along a weld in a pipe that carries cooling water between the reactor and a purifying system, said Brad Thomas, spokesman for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Workers discovered the leak Tuesday during routine work in a reactor containment building, Thomas said.
NEWS
April 12, 1987
Workers at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant near San Luis Obispo accidentally flooded the primary cooling system for the plant's Unit Two reactor, releasing minute amounts of contaminated air into the atmosphere in a spill that was contained within the complex. Spokesmen for the plant's owner, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., called the incident "minor" and not an "emergency-level event." Officials said workers were preparing to refuel Unit Two when a valve malfunctioned in the cooling system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
New seismic data on earthquake dangers at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant may be a cause for concern over Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s request to build a spent-fuel storage facility, according to an attorney for an environmental group. Testifying before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board this week, attorney Diane Curran surprised three administrative hearing judges with news that PG&E had miscalculated the direction of the Hosgri earthquake fault.
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