Tell California Governor Newsom to keep the deal approved in 2018 to close the Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors! His suggestion to extend the operational life of the Diablo Canyon nuclear facility is an outrage and a betrayal to those of us seeking clean and safe energy for our State.
Because of the agreement to close, maintenance has been deferred, waivers granted, and key employees gone. Continuing operation would mean much more expensive upgrades and license extensions than any federal subsidies would cover.
Diablo Canyon is dangerous, dirty, and expensive. It must retire as planned in 2024 and 2025 and federal funds would be better spent invested in clean and safe energy resources, conservation, and efficiency.
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists - Why the retirement of a California nuclear plant should proceed as planned
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA or the Act) directs the Secretary of Energy (Secretary) to establish a Civil Nuclear Credit (CNC) Program to evaluate and certify nuclear reactors that are projected to cease operations due to economic factors and to allocate credits to selected certified nuclear reactors via a sealed bid process.
Under the law, to be eligible to receive credits, nuclear reactors must meet three criteria:
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