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SLO Co. supervisors seek local control over power plant decommissioning

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Posted at 11:03 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 02:03:44-04

San Luis Obispo County supervisors want local control over the decommissioning process of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant.

Supervisors say decommissioning should happen as soon as possible and not delay dismantling the power plant.

At a meeting on Tuesday, the county suggested to be the lead agency throughout the process.

County leaders say they would like to see the land fully restored to its natural state, however that time and expenses have a great influence on the process.

"We don't want to assume the responsibility for something that could happen out there, and then, oh by the way its going to cost you another $50 million to clean it up further. Its like no, there is a process to clean it up entirely, that's the process that we support and that's what we really wanted to underscore today." says District 3 Supervisor Adam Hill.

The supervisors also voted to support funding for continued emergency response by the county and PG&E for the duration of the decommissioning process.