The Diablo Canyon reactors present tremendous and unnecessary risks to public health and the environment. Diablo sits near multiple active earthquake faults, posing an unacceptably high seismic disaster risk.
Extending the operation of Diablo would violate the PG&E closure agreement established in 2016 and codified by the California legislature and the CPUC in 2018. That agreement is a model for the rest of the country to emulate – demonstrating how phasing out nuclear power plants can help accelerate renewable energy while providing a just and equitable transition for workers and communities.
Now Governor Newsom wants to abandon the Diablo Canyon agreement and give PG&E a handout of potentially $1billion – money that could be better spent on the needed renewables transition. To make matters even worse, Newsom is also proposing to suspend important environmental laws to keep the plant open.
Don’t let this happen. The Diablo Canyon Power Plant is a dangerous, destructive, and expensive hangover from an outdated energy production process. It must be retired as planned by 2025.