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Nuclear Power Protests Take to the Water
by Tara Dorabji
Friday Sep 28th, 2012 6:40 PM
Nuclear protests in India and California
Just offshore of the coastal California town of San Luis Obispo, humpback whales are gathered in unprecedented numbers, perhaps in protest to the seismic testing planned at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant; Half a world a way, thousands of villagers from Idinthakarai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu took to the water in protest to attempt to stop uranium from being loaded into fuel rods at the Koodankulam nuclear power plant. The 'jal satyagraha' or peaceful water protests continue as protesters wade into the ocean for hours at a stretch. Hunger strikes also started in response to a brutal attack earlier this week on the nonviolent protesters most of whom are women and children by the Indian police, which left two protesters dead and fifteen severely wounded.

The Koodankulam nuclear power plant was started in 1988 by the Indian government in collaboration with the Russian government. Protest against the plant have been ongoing for the last fifteen years. After Fukushima, protest reinvigorated with hunger strikes, nonviolent demonstrations, and now villagers are taking to the water. “It is a mass struggle that has been unheard of in this part of the country,” said Dr. Kumar Udayakumar of the movement to stop the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project.

While women and children take to the water in India to stop nuclear power, humpback whales in California drew several hundred protesters near the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant drawing attention to seismic tests planned by the plant’s operator: PG&E. Diablo Canyon is built at the intersections of at least 13 earthquake faults. The state legislature ordered PG&E to conduct seismic testing. Now PG&E is planning to shoot 230 decibels –-the equivalent of standing next to a 747 during take off—every 63 seconds around the clock for 30 days. This will kill marine life including dolphins and whales. 30% of all of the earth’s whales travel up the California coastline. So the humpback whales in California are joining with the people in India participating in ‘in'jal satyagraha,' reminding us that there is no safe, clean nuclear power.

Tara Dorabji is a host and producer on KPFA radio. You can follow her work at
§Diablo Canyon Interview
by Tara Dorabji Friday Sep 28th, 2012 6:40 PM

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Linda Seeley did a great interview- very informative!

As you may have heard, our movement to save California's rugged Central Coast from Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation's plan to blast 500 square nautical miles of it with 260db air cannon explosions at a rate of once every 13 seconds, 24 hours a day for 43 straight days -then repeat next year- has so far been successful.

PG and E asked the California Coastal Commission to delay hearing the proposed project from October 10th in Oceanside, California to their next meeting on November 14th in Santa Monica California. The proposed project has also now been downsized to include only 'Box 4', also known as Estero Bay.

The new plan remains dangerous, destructive and unnecessary and although Point Buchon State Marine Reserve has been spared, the project's new incarnation threatens Morro Bay East estuary State Marine reserve, Cambria State Marine Reserve, and to the Northwest, Davidson Seamount!

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Stop the Diablo Canyon Seismic Testing
by Dewey
Sunday Sep 30th, 2012 3:22 AM
Brave people. It's going to take a lot of hard work, but we can and must shut Diablo and San Onofre down, permanently! We have no other choice. Humanity has to walk away from this nuclear madness!
by just saying
Sunday Sep 30th, 2012 1:44 PM
Just like fracking, blasting, etc., subjecting an already weak fault zone to impacts from sound is likely to cause further destabilization of the faults and weaken the stability of the already fragile area.

This is potentially very dangerous and shouldn't be necessary. We already know there are faults and the coast has a high vulnerability to earthquakes and tsunamis.

Closing it now should be the priority. There are new studies showing increased seismicity since the April 2012 quake in the Pacific. This is new information and needs to be reviewed as such. Testing the local area does not take it into account.

The plates have shifted, and there is a new undersea volcano off the Oregon Coast. The Ring of Fire is very active now.