emdot By: emdot

diablo canyon nuclear power plant

Cue the Star Wars bad-guy music.


This nuclear power plant is built in a town with only one road out of it, next to a beautiful state park, on a gorgeous expanse of California Coast AND -- get this -- ON A FAULT LINE. And the geniuses decided to name it Diablo Canyon -- that's Devil Canyon for you monolinguists.


It boggles the mind.

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  • SilverHalideSalts 4y

    I'm not automatically against nuclear power, but I recall taking a vacation along the coast in the early '80s and getting lost, and being funneled into a line of traffic that was going down to the Diablo Canyon plant. Oh my, how the security s*** bricks when I had to tell them I didn't belong there.

    And does anyone remember the "mirror blueprints" error that cost millions? One of the plants' schematics for seismic protection was backasswards. Good times. I hope the Japanese get their emergency under control.
  • Kevin Luttrell 4y

    I didn't know that Diablo Canyon had a heated Olympic sized swimming pool for the workers out back. That's awesome.
  • emdot PRO 4y

    Rolling Stone just used this photo in a post about nuclear power plant meltdowns in the aftermath of the tragedy happening right now in Japan:
  • MzMullerz PRO 4y

    you're awesome, em. i think you should be on the cover of the rolling stone. ;)
  • Twinmama PRO 4y

    Kevin Luttrell Ha ha ha ha!
  • No_real_name_given 4y

    Thank you for licensing your picture under Creative Commons! We used it in story on NetGreen News.
  • emdot PRO 4y

    But you didn't credit me which is part of the CC licensing agreement. :(
  • emdot PRO 4y

    Sam Blakeslee speaks out against Diablo's current efforts to renew it's license:
  • No_real_name_given 4y

    emdot Oh sorry, we credit at the end of the video with a link to the photo.
  • emdot PRO 4y

    Thanks! I appreciate that. :)
  • No_real_name_given 4y

    emdot No, thank you!
  • emdot PRO 4y

    Especially for all you naysayers who have commented on this post throughout the years. Here is a segment from Rachel Maddow where she talks about how the cooling pumps were turned off for 18 MONTHS before anyone "noticed." Which means, had we been in a situation like Japan there would have been no way to cool the plant.

    At this point, I'd also like to say THANK YOU to Sam Blakeslee (republican state senator and PhD in geophysics) for being a bulldog with PG&E right now. Keep going, Sam -- we need you on this one.
  • James_McIntosh 4y

    jb449 With proper regulation and oversight, and as long as we remember the mistakes of the past, nuclear is viable, and even necessary. Especially as a low carbon "Bridge" from predominant fossil-fuels to renewables. To everyone else, here is a video of Michael Levi talking Nuclear Policy with "The Economist".
  • stonebird PRO 4y

  • emdot PRO 4y

    hey stone -- link not working... can you retry?
  • stonebird PRO 4y

    The Reuters page is down now and here is the item quoted on Firedoglake

    The core at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear reactor has melted through the reactor pressure vessel, Democratic Congressman Edward Markey told a hearing on the nuclear disaster on Wednesday.

    “I have been informed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the core of Unit Two has gotten so hot that part of it has probably melted through the reactor pressure vessel,” said Markey, a prominent nuclear critic in the House of Representatives.
  • emdot PRO 4y

    Thanks Stonebird. This is really horrible news.
  • emdot PRO 4y

    I finally put my name at the bottom of the photo. This will mess up some people's sites, if they are linking to my photo via flickr. For that I apologize, but this photo was getting way to out of control -- appearing everywhere without photo attribution. Because of that I added my name.
  • Martin Petit 3y

    Hi Marya
    One of my client would be interested in using your photo for marketing purpose for the power Plan industry. Would you mind freeing the right for the use of the photo?
    Martin Petit
  • emdot PRO 3y


    Please contact me via email at and we can talking licensing and fees. Thanks for your interest!
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