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Sanctuary Nomination

Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

Nominator Name(s) and Affiliation(s) Fred Collins, Northern Chumash Tribal Council

Nomination Point of Contact Fred Collins, Northern Chumash Tribal Council, 67 South St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401  (805) 801-0347

Section II – Introduction

The waters of the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary (CHNMS) lie between the Channel Island National Marine Sanctuary and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The unique coastline and ocean waters are the most beautiful in the world to the First Peoples and the communities that live along this ecologically rich, biologically diverse healthy coastline, and to many that come from all over the world to visit our coast. Continue reading

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Diablo Canyon: Secret document details federal safety inspector’s alarm over plant’s vulnerability to earthquakes

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Agency expert says reactors must be shut until proven safe

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an explosive document kept secret for a year, a former federal inspector charges that the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California is more vulnerable to earthquakes than initially known and should be shut down until Pacific Gas & Electric Co. can prove its safety. Continue reading

Alliance Invite

Northern Chumash Tribal Council CA Central Coast Marine Sanctuary Alliance, Santa Lucia Chapter of Sierra Club, San Luis Obispo Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, COAST(Citizens Opposed to Acoustic Seismic Testing),

The Northern Chumash Tribal Council (NCTC) would like to invite your organization to support our Indigenous proposed California Central Coast Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.

NCTC has started grassroots collaboration between the Marine Sanctuary Alliance (MSA), Santa Lucia Chapter of Sierra Club, SLO Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, COAST, and others, for this great project and we invite your support. We would like to add your organization’s name to the top of this letter that will be included with the marine sanctuary proposal.

Our offshore waters have qualified for sanctuary designation since 1990. Now, with new marine sanctuaries possible, we propose the CA Central Coast Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. Please read the proposed designation document at the end of this introduction letter.

To achieve the best water quality, vibrant marine ecosystems, and to protect the Chumash cultural heritage, our efforts are focused to fill the unprotected gap between the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Chumash villages and cultural heritage lie submerged within the proposed sanctuary area as well as along the shoreline, many continuously occupied for over 10,000 years.

Sanctuary benefits for the Indigenous Community and the Community of San Luis Obispo California:

  • *Strengthen the security for and education of Chumash Tribal Sacred Sites
  • *Provide a legacy of thrivability in our currently healthy local coastal waters
  • *Preserve our unique and significant coastal ecosystems
  • *Strengthen the tourism-based economy of the Central Coast
  • *Bring funding for needed marine research
  • *Enhance opportunities for local recreation
  • *No offshore oil drilling
  • *No acoustic testing

We hope you will join us. In light of a possible disaster in our waters, we want to act now to provide our coastal waters with national sanctuary protection.

You can help us by emailing to NCTC a letter of your organization’s support for this marine sanctuary designation to fcollins@northernchumash.org. The address for mailed letters is: Northern Chumash Tribal Council, 67 South Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

We believe our county has the timely, unique opportunity to provide a legacy of thrivability, which will continue to create healthy local coastal waters and marine ecosystems that will endure into future generations to be enjoyed and treasured by all.

Sincerely,

Fred Collins

Tribal Administrator

Northern Chumash Tribal Council

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California State Lands Commission

Richard Greenwood
California State Lands Commission,
12th Floor, 200 Oceangate,
Long Beach, CA 90802.

RE: State Permit PRC 8391, Fugro Petagos, Inc.

Dear Mr. Greenwood,

The Northern Chumash Tribal Council (NCTC) has forwarded a permit issued by your office for sonic testing around the Sacred Chumash Nations Santa Cruz and Anacapa Islands, which is to start February 9th 2013.   This permit was issued January 21, 2013.  On December 3, 2012 NCTC sent you a letter expressing the California Native American Chumash Tribal concerns about the California State Lands Commission’s ability to thoroughly review geo-physical permitting process and the effects on California Native American Cultural Resources, which the animal and plants nations.  In our December letter to you we describe the potential for sonic/seismic testing to disrupt the natural life pattern of zoo plankton too endangered Gray Whales and migratory pathways of fish, turtles, whales, dolphins, and all birds and mammals that feed on any of the affected above mentioned ocean life.  The 10 day narrow window for comment period concerning the geo-physical permits in which your office issues, is flawed.  This short narrow window for meaningful consultation and meaningful input is one of the glaring points of the CSLC geo-physical permitting process that is dire need of review.  Based on this one point alone NCTC is asking the CSLC to postpone the finalization/authorization of the above referenced permit until the review of CSLC geo-physical permitting process has been completed, and we are asking you and your office to not permit any new geo-physical permits until this already in review process is completed. Continue reading

Tribal Protocol

Ms. Cindy Bladey, Chief
Rules, Announcements and Directives Branch (RADB)
Office of Administration
Mail Stop: TWB-05-BO1M
U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

RE: Draft Tribal Protocol Manual (TPM)

Dear Ms. Bladey:

Please find following Comments for NRC Draft Tribal Protocol Manual (TPM):

The Northern Chumash Tribal Council (NCTC) is located in San Luis Obispo California, and was formed under the guidelines of California Senate Bill 18 April 26, 2006 as a California State Recognized Tribal Government by the California Native American Heritage Commission, local Chumash community and local government. Organized and dedicated to preservation of the California Native American Chumash Culture, and Sacred Sites. NCTC is dedicated to meaningful consulting with Federal, State, local governments and agencies, consulting with the development community, and supporting tribal community well-being.

NCTC is an “affected tribe”, the PG&E nuclear power plant located between Avila Beach and Morro Bay California, is built on top of NCTC’s and the Chumash Nations Ancestors Sacred Village Site. All the land and ocean around the power plant is Sacred to the Chumash Peoples. The Chumash Peoples have live along the Central California Coast for over 15,000 years. The Chumash village at the power plant site dates beyond 9,000 years. The Chumash have live and been a part of this land forever.
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