Public debates Diablo Canyon license renewal
August 6, 2015
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission heard public comment in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday about the environmental risks that could affect the relicensing of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. [KCOY]
In 2009, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. applied to renew its license to operate Diablo Canyon. PG&E sought to extend its license 20 years until 2044 and 2045.
But, in 2011, PG&E paused the license renewal process to evaluate seismic concerns at Diablo Canyon. The NRC has since resumed the renewal process.
PG&E officials say they still have not determined how the company will proceed, and they are continuing to consider feedback on seismic research. Environmental groups, including San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, have already mounted opposition to the renewal of PG&E’s license.
On Wednesday, the NRC held two public hearings at the Courtyard Marriot in San Luis Obispo. Public speakers included legendary musician David Crosby and SLO County Supervisor Lynn Compton. [Tribune]
Crosby said the nuclear plant is unsafe and should be shut down. Compton spoke in support of Diablo Canyon, saying nuclear energy is the leading producer of clean energy.
The NRC is still taking public comment on the license renewal issue. Members of the public can comment in person, by mail or online at regulations.gov until August 31.