Take Action! Speak Up at the Joint-Agency Workshop on Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant
Friday, August 12, 2022
4 - 7pm PT
The California Energy Commission (CEC), Office of Governor Newsom, and the California Independent System Operator (ISO) are holding a joint remote workshop to discuss California’s energy situation and the plan to potentially extend the operating license of Diablo Canyon.
There will be time allotted for public comment. It is crucial that hundreds of people attend and/or send comments expressing strong dissent on the proposal to continue operation of Diablo Canyon beyond 2025.
- Participate by Zoom: ZOOM LINK When prompted, enter the Webinar ID 918 1465 6022 and passcode DCPP. Zoom difficulty? Contact Zoom at (888) 799-9666 ext. 2, or the CEC Public Advisor at email@example.com, or by phone at (916) 957-7910.
- Participate by Telephone: (888) 475-4499. When prompted, enter the Webinar ID 918 1465 6022 and passcode DCPP.
WHEN: August 12, 2022, 4 -7pm PT
HOW: Public and/or written comment
Oral comments will be accepted at the end of the workshop. AS SOON AS YOU CONNECT via ZOOM or PHONE, RAISE YOUR VIRTUAL HAND TO GET IN THE QUEUE TO SPEAK! We won't know who else is on but must do our best to pack the meeting and make our points. Comments may be limited to three minutes or less per speaker. To comment via Zoom, use the “raise hand” feature so the administrator can announce your name and unmute you. To comment via telephone, press *9 to “raise your hand” and *6 to mute/unmute.
Key points to include in your comments:
- All parties especially Governor Newsom must respect the agreement to replace Diablo with renewable energy, which is on track, to fulfill the just transition for workers and to prevent creation of more long-lasting deadly radioactive waste now being targeted at communities of color who do not consent to taking it.
- The operation of Diablo discourages the use of renewables.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Where/how will this extra high-level radioactive waste be stored? Currently, there are only plans for the storage of waste generated through 2025.
- 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 plan to attend and/or submit comments. Spread the word to others who may be interested. This will likely be the only public meeting before the California legislature votes on a bill to extend the life of Diablo Canyon. The legislature has until August, 31 to do so.