NRC seeks public comment on Diablo Canyon license renewal application

January 25, 2024, 12:01PMNuclear News
Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. (Photo: Doc Searls)

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled two meetings in February to discuss the environmental evaluation and review process for the license renewal application of the two-unit Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in Avila Beach, Calif.

Plant operator Pacific Gas & Electric filed the application in November 2023, requesting renewal of the licenses for an additional 20 years of operation. Diablo Canyon’s operating licenses expire in November 2024 for Unit 1 and in August 2025 for Unit 2.

The meetings: NRC staff will conduct a virtual meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (PST) on February 1.

The second meeting will be in-person only and will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (PST) on February 8 at the Embassy Suites San Luis Obispo.

Before the second meeting, the staff will hold an “open house” from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (PST) for informal discussion and to answer questions from members of the public.

At both meetings, NRC staff will seek the public’s input in identifying potentially significant issues that should be addressed in the NRC’s environmental review of the plant’s application.

Write in: A January 24 Federal Register notice details the following methods for submitting written comments: via filing on the federal rulemaking website at regulations.gov, under Docket ID “NRC-2023-0192”; via email toDiabloCanyonEnvironmental@nrc.gov; or via mail to Office of Administration, Mail Stop TWFN-7-A60M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C. 20555-0001, ATTN: Program Management, Announcements and Editing Staff.

Comments are due by February 23.

More information about the plant’s application is available on the NRC website.


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