Diablo Canyon relicensing public meetings August 5, 2015

Diablo_Green_longOn November 23, 2009 — close to six years ago — the Pacific Gas and Electric Company filed a license renewal application for Diablo Canyon units 1 and 2. That renewal application continues its excruciatingly slow journey through obstacles that continue to be invented by people who are opposed to the use of nuclear energy.

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled a meeting to update the public on the progress of their review of the application. There will be two sessions, one from 1:30-4:30 pm and one from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. The meetings will be held at San Luis Obispo Courtyard by Marriott at 1605 Calle Joaquin Road, San Luis Obispo, CA. There is a teleconference capability set up for the meeting. More details about the meeting, with information about how to register to speak and/or provide written comments are available from the NRC meeting schedule web site.

Mothers for Peace, an organization that has been fighting Diablo Canyon for decades, is encouraging its members to attend the meeting and to either speak out or submit written comments. Their goal, though stated differently, is to force their state to dramatically increase its consumption of fossil fuel to substitute for the 18 trillion watt-hours of electricity that the plant produces each year.

Californians for Green Nuclear Power, a relatively new organization made up of citizens that understand the importance of Diablo Canyon in providing clean, reliable, affordable electricity to the central coast of California, is also asking people to attend the meeting and provide their oral or written comments.

In addition to Diablo Canyon’s ability to produce clean electricity from a tiny quantity of uranium, its owner pays about $30 million in annual property taxes, employs 1,500 people, and has an annual payroll of approximately $235 million. Its annual fuel bill is about $40-50 million, so most of the cost of operating the plant goes to California residents and taxpayers, not fuel suppliers. It is an already complete and operating, well-maintained power plant with several decades of reliable operation remaining before it is worn out. It is dramatically safer than any available power source that can provide similar quantities of electricity around the clock.

I wish I did not live so far away, I’d love the opportunity to proudly display my Friends of Diablo Canyon tee shirt. Notice that this version of the shirt has long sleeves; my experience has been that the central coast of California can be rather cool in August. I’d be ready for the breezes if I could make the trip.

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