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Panel studying Diablo Canyon Power Plant closure releases recommendations

Posted at 11:49 AM, Jan 08, 2019

The Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel has issued its “Strategic Vision” for the future of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) plans to shut down the nuclear power plant near Avila Beach by 2025.

The panel, made up of 11 community volunteers, has been holding public meetings since late May to discuss plans for its decommissioning and the future use of the site and lands that surround the plant, which includes 14 miles of coastline and 12,000 acres.

The Strategic Vision document, which reflects public input received since May, will be submitted to PG&E and the California Public Utilities Commission.

Its recommendations include that the decommissioning and decontamination process begins immediately upon shutdown with a 10-year completion goal; that the land surrounding the plant be conserved and public access allowed; and that the plant’s facilities be repurposed to reduce the amount of demolition and create new economic opportunities.

To read the full document, click here.

The panel has several additional meetings scheduled during 2019:

  • March 13 – Public meeting on spent fuel storage
  • June 12 – Public meeting on the Engagement Panel’s role, function and structure
  • Sept. 18 – Public meeting on the economic impacts of decommissioning
  • Nov. 13 – Public meeting on transportation