HEARING ALLOWS SOME SENATORS TO GRANDSTAND BEFORE PG&E
State Sen. Ellen Corbett spoke to reporters Monday during a break of the Senate Select Committee on Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness. The hearing, chaired by Corbett, looked into questions of whether the state’s own nuclear power plants are prepared to withstand tremors and resulting tsunamis as destructive as those recently in Japan.
During the afternoon hearing, representatives from PG&E admitted the unknown nature of earthquakes, but believed the power plants at Diablo Canyon and San Onofre would not be endangered like its counterparts in Japan. A few senators, including Corbett, became skeptical when a PG&E geologist told the committee a new fault line discovered near Diablo Canyon three years ago has only been investigated the utility within the last six months.