Morro Bay City Council to deliberate the nomination of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

Morro Bay City Council to deliberate the nomination of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

On September 22nd, the Morro Bay City Council will deliberate on whether to support or oppose the nomination of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.  As a member of San Luis Obispo County, we urge you to attend this meeting and support the sanctuary. Meeting location details: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m. Veterans Memorial Hall, 209 Surf Street, Morro Bay, CA At this meeting you will have a chance to speak when the council prepares to discuss the agenda item on the sanctuary. (Note: Not during the general public comment period for items not on the agenda, which occurs at the beginning of the meeting.)  You will have 3 minutes to speak. Here are topic points you should share with Councilmembers: I support the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary nomination Share you simple message of support.  Ideas you can include in your message: It is time for permanent protection for our coast Oil is not good for fishing We want “Big Blue Live” in our part of the ocean (see http://www.pbs.org/big-blue-live/social-hub/) Sanctuaries are good for our coastal economy Support the nomination and give our communities a chance to have this discussion There will be Sanctuary opponents at the meeting.  If you want to use your time to respond to one or two of those arguments, the best source is the September issue of the Santa Lucian, newsletter of the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club.  (See “Sanctuary’s Foes,” page 2.) Remarks delivered in person are always more powerful and carry the most weight with the council.  But if you can’t make it to the meeting, please send an email to: cjohnson@morro-bay.ca.us, jheadding@morro-bay.ca.us, nsmukler@morro-bay.ca.us, jirons@morro-bay.ca.us Identify...

Upcoming NRC meeting – August 5th, 2015

The NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) will be in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, August 5th and will hear Public Comment on environmental review issues for license renewal at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, Units 1 and 2.  This will take place at the Courtyard Marriott in San Luis Obispo, at 1605 Calle Joaquin Rd. 1:30-430pm, 7:00-10:00 pm. As shared on the NRC website, both sessions will be preceded by a one-hour open house.  You may pre-register to present oral comments by contacting Michael Wentzel, at 800-368-5642, ext. 6459, or by e-mail at michael.wentzel@nrc.gov by this Friday, July 31, 2015.  You may also register to speak at the meeting. Mothers for Peace has asked the community to show up in force to counter the organized groups that are proclaiming nuclear energy as clean energy.  ECOSLO plans to have two representatives there, but we need more support. Click here to watch an excellent video on the true environmental costs of Nuclear Power. For additional information, please visit: http://mothersforpeace.org/mothers-for-peace-pushes-back-against-diablo-license-renewal...

Coastal Dunes Dust Rule 1001

At the November 16, 2011 meeting, the APCD Board approved the Coastal Dunes Dust Control Rule 1001 to require implementation of dust control measures on coastal dunes where vehicle activity occurs. The rule, staff report, presentation and implementation milestones can be viewed at the SLO Clean Air website....
Seismic Testing

Seismic Testing

ECOSLO is adamantly against acoustic seismic testing Here are a few resources that best explain our position on seismic testing.  MARCH 8, 2013 – Calif. panel rebuffs Navy on more test blasts, sonar (USA Today) California regulators Friday rejected the Navy’s desire for more underwater explosions and sonar during offshore training and testing, saying the service had not substantiated its claim there would be negligible harm to marine mammals and habitat. The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously against the five-year plan, which is set to begin next January. Commissioners criticized the Navy for presenting sloppy science to support its estimates that only 130 whales, dolphins, other marine mammals and seabirds would be killed and that 1,600 others would suffer hearing loss. Click here to read more. California Coastal Commission Denied Permit for PG&E’s High Energy Seismic Survey and PG&E’s Low Energy Seismic Surveys Need to be Investigated By: Carol Georgi and Karl Kempton | source We would like to thank the California Coastal Commission (CCC) for unanimously denying the permit to PG&E for the High Energy Seismic Survey (HESS) that would have been catastrophic to marine life off California’s Coast. Our research on both types of geophysical seismic surveys indicates the Low Energy Seismic Surveys (LESS) were not properly permitted, managed, monitored, or mitigated. There was no enforcement, oversight, or penalties applied to bring PG&E and Fugro into compliance with the mitigations required by the geophysical survey general permit and the companion Negative Declaration, ND 358 granted by California State Lands Commission (CSLC). We ask for a full investigation. The fishermen were the first who noticed something was wrong...
NRC Downgrades Safety Designation at Diablo Canyon

NRC Downgrades Safety Designation at Diablo Canyon

Inspection finds nuclear plant’s emergency warning plan below standard By D. Sneed, The Tribune, December 3, 2015 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission notified PG&E by letter this week that it has tentatively downgraded a Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant safety designation because of unauthorized changes in the plant’s emergency warning procedures for boats offshore from the plant. The agency has tentatively decided that a color-coded inspection finding in the emergency preparedness category should be changed from green to white. Green represents the lowest level of safety concern, and white indicates a low to moderate level of concern. In 2005, PG&E changed its emergency response plan for the area five to 10 miles offshore of the plant in the event of a radioactive leak or other emergency. Specifically, the changes failed to include adequate procedures for notifying boaters, San Luis Obispo County and the U.S. Coast Guard. Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/12/03/3379873_diablo-canyon-safety-designation.html?sp=/99/100/&rh=1#storylink=cpy “Mike” Michael L. Baird [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia...