License Renewal

license renewal process

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has applied for a 20-year extension of its operating licenses for the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. The current operating licenses for Diablo Canyon’s two nuclear reactors expire in 2024 and 2025, respectively. PG&E has applied to continue operations until 2044/2045.

Mothers for Peace has challenged this license extension.  Pertinent documents can be found below.

June 8, 2012 Waste Confidence Rule rejected by U.S. Court of Appeals

In a landmark decision on June 8, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected the Waste Confidence Rule. This was followed by a petiton by 22 groups and 2 individuals to require the NRC to implement this decision before final licensing decisions are made. This includes Mothers for Peace and the relicensing decision regarding Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

April 26, 2012 - MFP files two new contentions challenging the adequacy of PG&E's Environmental Report for the proposed license renewal of Diablo Canyon

The contentions assert that PG&E’s Environmental Report does not satisfy U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (“NRC”) regulations for implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) because it does not address PG&E’s plans for complying with recent NRC directives for seismic and flooding risk investigations and new safety measures in response to the Fukushima Daiichi accident of 2011.

2011-10-12 NRC Undermines Federal Law in Decision regarding Diablo Canyon

In 2010, the NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board granted the Mothers for Peace a hearing on four contentions regarding PG&E's license renewal application. On October 12, 2011, however, the five NRC commissioners agreed to hear only one of those contentions and reversed the decision to hear the three others. Mothers for Peace believes that this decision excuses PG&E and the NRC from having to fully comply with the laws that are intended to protect the public.

2011 Disaster in Japan

Despite the many precautions and redundant features used in nuclear power facilities, the forces of nature remain unpredictable and - and in Japan - devastating.