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CPUC hears public comment on Diablo Canyon Power Plant closure

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Diablo Canyon Power Plant is set to be decommissioned by 2025. On Thursday afternoon, the California Public Utilities Commission held two meetings in San Luis Obispo to hear the community's concerns ahead of that closure. 

The first meeting, which was held at 1 p.m.at the Ludwick Community Center, brought out city leaders from all over the county, residents, and educators.

The main topic addressed was whether to move forward with the joint proposal between PG&E and the California Public Utilities Commission. Under that proposal, $85 million has been proposed to help transition the community once the plant closes.

On Thursday, several officials offered their support of the proposal.

"It ensures that the plant continues to operate safely through the rest of its operational tenure," said San Luis Obispo City Manager Katie Lichtig. 

San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce CEO Ermina Karim also urged her support. However, locals like Linda Seeley say that 2025 is too far away to have an official closure. 

"We support the joint proposal in essence but we think the plant should close down sooner," Seeley said.

One reason Seeley said an earlier shut down in 2019/2020 should be considered is because if there was a release of radiation from the plant, it could destroy the area economically.

Others who got up to speak were against the proposal completely, wishing instead for the plant to stay open.

PG&E spokesperson Blair Jones sent KSBY this statement Thursday:

"The agreement supports our state's clean energy vision and ensures an orderly transition from nuclear power to other greenhouse gas-free resources while supporting our local plant workers and neighbors. PG&E welcomes and values feedback on the joint proposal and we will continue our dialogue with stakeholders as it moves through the CPUC’s review process."

Peter Allen, the administrative law judge from the CPUC, says after Thursday's meetings, he'll begin writing a proposed decision that will be sent to the commission and voted on. He says the entire process should be completed before the end of the year. 

A second meeting at the community center is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday.

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