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State Legislature approves plan to help keep Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant operating

The state legislature has moved to support a plan to extend the life of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

Legislation would extend $1.4 billion dollar loan to PG&E. The idea is to keep plant operating to give more renewable energy projects the time to come online.

The Central Coast’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant got a lifeline in proposals to keep it operating.

The State Legislature approved a $1.4 billion loan to PG&E, as it waits to find out if it may get money from a new federal program to keep nuclear plants operating.

Plans have been calling for the plant to fully close in 2025. The shutdown was prompted in part by new environmental guidelines which would forced PG&E to make expensive environmental upgrades to keep the facility operating.

But, Governor Gavin Newsom and others have called for an extension. They say while green power is the long term answer, the capacity isn’t there yet to meet all of the state’s energy needs. The idea is to extend the life of the plant to give energy providers time to get more renewable energy sources online.

Some environmental groups are unhappy with the plan, citing seismic concerns tied to earthquake faults near the plat. They also say it will also add to the nuclear waste disposal issue.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.