6/28/16 – Hundreds gather in Morro Bay for Diablo Canyon permit decisions

6/28/16 – Hundreds gather in Morro Bay for Diablo Canyon permit decisions

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Publish Date: 6/28/2016

By: KSBY Staff

Source: KSBY

Link: http://www.ksby.com/story/32331162/hundreds-gather-in-morro-bay-for-diablo-canyon-permit-decisions

More than 100 people spoke in front of the California State Lands Commission in Morro Bay in regards to the proposal by PG&E to extend a lease that would keep Diablo Canyon Power Plant in operation until 2025.

The meeting drew hundreds of people. Public comment lasted several hours.

Opponents of the lease extension wanted the commission to postpone the decision for an environmental impact report to be conducted.

“A CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) has never been done and its 40 years overdue,” said Marty Brown, who is opposed to the lease extension.

While proponents argued an EIR is unnecessary and exempt for the limited term lease.

“We are not changing the lease in any shape or form. There is not an environmental impact report needed,” said Diablo Canyon Power Plant Technician Dean Novotny.

The California State Lands Commission authorized the continued use and maintenance of the existing facility to last in sequence with a proposal to keep the plant open until 2025. Opponents expressed frustration with the board’s approval of the lease extension.

“That means nine more years of a nuclear power plant. Why would you make that decision without an EIR?” asked Jane Swanson, who is opposed to the lease extension.

With Tuesday’s approval, the plant can be in operation until 2025.

The next step for PG&E is a meeting with the California Public Utilities Commission for a discussion on transitioning the nuclear power plant into a renewable energy source after the

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