6/22/16 – State Lands Commission to weigh in on Diablo Canyon
Publish Date: 6/22/2016
By: Keli Moore
The planned closure of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant must still be approved by the state’s public utilities and lands commissions.
On June 28, the State Lands Commission will make a decision regarding the power plant’s intake from the ocean, which is used to cool the nuclear reactors.
In 1969, the commission authorized a 49-year lease to PG&E for the plant water intake structures and breakwaters. The lease expires August 27, 2018.
In 1970, the commission authorized another 49-year lease to PG&E for a cooling water discharge channel associated with the plant. That lease expires May 31, 2019.
PG&E would like to extend both leases.
“The State Lands Commission will need to decide, to provide us with a categorical exemption from (CEQA) California Environmental Quality Act, and the reason they should be able to do that is because there isn’t a change of use of the facility or an intensification of use for the facility,” said Jearl Strickland, PG&E VP of Technical Services.
Strickland says what will be decided on June 28 is whether or not PG&E meets the terms of what the exemption requires, or whether or not a complete environmental impact is required.
KSBY reached out to the State Lands Commission about the meeting and they do not have a comment at this time.
PG&E wants the commission to terminate the two existing leases in favor of one new lease that would continue maintenance of the water intakes along with other structures associated with the plant.
Comments are closed.