6/27/16 – California State Lands Commission to vote Tuesday on key Diablo Canyon issues
Publish Date: 6/27/2016
By: KSBY Staff
The California State Lands Commission is set to vote Tuesday on a couple of key issues affecting the Diablo Canyon Power Plant’s ability to continue operation past 2019.
The vote comes a week after an historic agreement was reached to forgo federal relicensing of the plant and to begin the process of decommissioning in 2025.
On Tuesday, the commission will vote on renewing the lease controlling the water intake structure and breakwater at Diablo Canyon. The lease is set to expire in 2018. If renewed or extended, the lease would allow the plant to continue operation until 2025.
A second vote will extend the lease on the cooling water discharge channel. That lease is set to expire in 2019. A renewed or extended lease would get that infrastructure to 2025 as well.
A portion of the facilities at the power plant are located on state-owned sovereign land under the commission’s jurisdiction. PG&E has been leasing the land but the lease expires soon.
San Luis Obispo Sheriff Ian Parkinson will be addressing the commission tomorrow.
The meeting begins at 10 a.m. Locally, you can participate by heading to the Morro Bay Community Center on Kennedy Way.
On a related note, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace has asked the commission to delay the vote. The group wants to postpone the decision to allow comment on whether the commission should prepare an environmental impact report for the proposed lease extension.
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