A proposed nuclear energy initiative for California's nuclear power plants at San Onofre and Diablo Canyon did not collect the 500,000 signatures needed to meet the 2012 Election ballot deadline.
Supporters of the Nuclear Waste Act of 2012 claim that the California Legislative Analyst's Office made "devastating" statements regarding the fiscal impact of the initiative as it pertains to the residential and commercial electricity needs of the state.
According to the LAO and supporters of the initiative, the power plants have been allowed to generate nuclear energy without meeting requirements for safe and "permanent disposal" of hazardous waste materials. Proponents of the measure allow for closure of the nuclear power plants until the disposal requirements are met and provided for by the federal government.
Proponents for the California Nuclear Energy Initiative, headed by Ben Davis Jr., contend that in spite of the inability to collect needed signatures, efforts are underway to collect support by "court action" for placement of the measure on the November ballot.