Regulators Nix Proposal To Delay Closure Of Last California Nuclear Plant

"LOS ANGELES — In pointed language, federal regulators rebuffed a request Tuesday from the operator of California’s last nuclear power plant that could have smoothed its pathway to securing a longer operating life for its twin reactors.

The decision marks the latest skirmish in a long-running fight over the operation and safety of the decades-old Diablo Canyon plant, which Gov. Gavin Newsom says should keep running beyond a scheduled 2025 closure to ward off possible blackouts as the state transitions to solar and other renewable sources.

In October, Pacific Gas & Electric asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to resume consideration of an application initially submitted in 2009 to extend the plant’s life, which later was withdrawn after PG&E in 2016 announced plans to shutter the reactors.

Under existing rules, the operating licenses for the sister reactors expire in 2024 and 2025, at which time they would be forced to close."

Michael R. Blood reports for the Associated Press January 25, 2023.

Source: AP, 01/26/2023