The Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors are scheduled for closure in November 2024 for Unit 1 and August 2025 for Unit 2. Decommissioning is planned to begin promptly after both units are shut down. The process is expected to take approximately ten years.
A multitude of issues surround the decommissioning process:
• destruction of plant structures
• removal / transportation of the demolished materials
• onsite, long term storage of high level radioactive waste
• repurposing of the facilities (buildings, desalination plant, harbor, breakwater…)
• future use of the Diablo Canyon lands
• economic impacts of closure
The SLO County Board of Supervisors has been given the responsibility to oversee the decommissioning of the plant.
PG&E created the DCDEP in 2018 to promote dialogue with the community on matters related to decommissioning. Panelists are community members from across San Luis Obispo County who represent diverse viewpoints. Mothers for Peace Spokesperson Linda Seeley is a member of this Panel. This allows our voice to be heard regarding issues of great importance to us.
The Panel has written a document titled “Strategic Vision, Goals and Recommendations”. This document is regularly revised, updated and refined as the Panel continues to hold public meetings and workshops and takes community comments on issues associated with the decommissioning process.
The Strategic Vision was submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission as part of the Nuclear Decommissioning Cost Triennial Proceeding. You can read the report here. Mothers for Peace supports nearly all of its recommendations.
The panel has its own website which provides meeting information and an opportunity to submit public comments.