Environmentalists asked a federal judge to shut down California’s last nuclear power plant, claiming the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has failed to show the 40-year-old Diablo Canyon Power Plant can withstand a significant earthquake from a fault discovered in 2008.

But PG&E, the energy company that owns the plant in San Luis Obispo County, said it has thoroughly examined the plant and that it could withstand an earthquake from the biggest fault line in the area.

Friends of the Earth, which helped shut down a nuclear plant in San Onofre last year, filed a petition for review on Oct. 28 against the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Friends of the Earth claims the NRC has underestimated the Shoreline Fault and allowed PG&E to make significant changes to its Diablo Canyon safety report without a required public hearing.

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