The California Energy Commission (CEC), Office of Governor Newsom, and the California Independent System Operator (ISO) held a joint remote workshop on August 12 to discuss California’s energy situation and the plan to extend the operating license of Diablo Canyon. Over 600 people attended this remote meeting and there were hours of public comment. Thanks to all who spoke up against the extended operation of Diablo Canyon.
Written comments are still being accepted until 5pm on August 19!
|SUGGESTED: Key points to include in your comments:|
1. The operation of Diablo discourages the use of renewables.
2. Diablo is old and unreliable. Maintenance has been deferred. The last replacement for aging parts resulted in a seven-month periodic shutdown of Unit 2 during 2020-21.
3. PG&E is a corporate felon, responsible for nearly 100 deaths, thousands of homes and businesses burned to the ground, and hundreds of thousands of acres scorched. PG&E can not be trusted.
4. Diablo is seismically vulnerable. It sits near multiple active earthquake faults. The proposal to extend the operation would violate the closure agreement established in 2016 and codified by the California legislature and the CPUC in 2018.
5. Ratepayers and taxpayers have already paid out $85 million in mitigating costs to the impacted communities and millions more toward decommissioning costs.
Questions to include in your comments:
1. Where/how will this extra high-level radioactive waste be stored? Currently, there are only plans for the storage of waste generated through 2025.
2. Diablo’s once-through cooling system is now unlawful. How will that be rectified? Has the cost to construct a compliant cooling system been calculated?
Please submit comments. Spread the word to others who may be interested. This will likely be the only opportunity for public input before the California legislature votes on a bill to extend the life of Diablo Canyon. The legislature has until August 31 to do so.
Press Conference prior to the joint-agency meeting