Aug 20, 2012 6:57 PM by Madelyn Monteath, KSBY News

Plan for seismic survey near Diablo Canyon gets key approval

A state agency approved plans Monday to allow seismic surveys near Diablo Canyon.

The California State Lands Commission approved the surveys with a reduced window for the work in order to reduce the effects of the surveys on marine mammals.

In the original proposed plan, testing was slated to start September 15, 2012 through December 31, 2012. The commission asked to reduce those dates to October 15, 2012 through December 31, 2012. If the testing is not completed during that time PG&E will be allowed to finish the testing in 2013.

This permit approval is just one of the local, state and federal approvals that PG&E must obtain to begin the testing.

Testing is being done to give seismologists a better picture of the danger facing Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, operated by PG&E, in the event of an off shore earthquake.

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