Environmental groups oppose the longevity of CA nuclear power plants

Los Angeles (AP) — Dozens of environmental and anti-nuclear organizations have opposed attempts to extend the life of California’s last operating nuclear power plant on Tuesday, potentially in the most populous state in the United States. He challenged the proposal that electricity is needed to meet future shortages. ..

Last month, Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom raised the possibility that the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant on a coastal cliff between San Francisco and Los Angeles could continue to operate beyond the planned closure by 2025. We support “keeping all options in the table to ensure a reliable (power) grid”.

In a letter to Newsome, a group including San Luis Obispo Mothers Four Peace, the Oregon Conservancy Foundation, the Snake River Alliance, and the Ohio Nuclear Free Zone Network said the plant was old, unsafe, and too close to the seismic fault to pose a threat. Said. Twin reactor.

“Your proposal to extend the operational life of the Diablo Canyon nuclear facility is ridiculous,” they write. “Diablo Canyon is dangerous, dirty and expensive. You need to retire as planned.”

The Governor of the Democratic Party has no direct authority over the driver’s license for the plant. He can seek a $ 6 billion share of the Biden administration’s federal funding, which was set up by owner Pacific Gas and Electric to rescue a nuclear power plant at risk of closure. I highlighted the idea.

PG & E, which decided to close the factory by 2025 in 2016, did not directly mention Newsom’s proposal at the time and used the federal dollar to keep the company open beyond the planned closure. He also did not say whether to consider asking.

PG & E closed in 2016 as part of a contract between environmentalists and trade union workers, citing “California’s new energy policy significantly reduces the need for Diablo Canyon’s power output.” Announced the plan. However, Newsom’s proposal changed its mindset as California gradually moved to solar, wind, and other renewable energies, as the state sought a reliable source of power in a changing global climate. I emphasize that.

State officials recently warned Prolonged droughts, extreme heat and wildfires, combined with regulatory issues that impede the supply chain and the solar energy industry, pose challenges to energy reliability over the next few years from this summer.

Environmental groups have claimed that continuing to operate the plant beyond the planned closure would result in no permanent storage and hundreds of tonnes of high-level waste. And they said the state, according to its own description, has enough wind, solar and other renewable energies to replace Diablo’s electricity.

They also questioned whether federal funding was sufficient to unravel the complex deal to close the Diablo Canyon, which is regulated by state and federal agencies.

The problem at Diablo Canyon is that PG & E could potentially billions from state regulators from a long-term debate over the ability of structures to withstand earthquakes (one fault runs 650 yards (594 meters) from the reactor). It even could be ordered to spend the dollar. A dollar to modify or replace the cooling system of a plant that has been accused of sucking up sea water and killing fish and other marine life.

Newsom will continue to support plant closures “in the long run” as the state moves to renewable energy.

There are 55 commercial nuclear power plants in 28 states in the United States with 93 reactors. Nuclear power supplies about 20% of US electricity, or about half of US carbon-free energy.

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