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Diablo Decommissioning Panel to hold public workshops on spent fuel storage 

Diablo Canyon–On Feb. 22-23, the Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel will hold two public workshops in San Luis Obispo to gather information and public input on Diablo Canyon’s spent fuel storage.

The Feb. 22 workshop will include presentations from PG&E, regulatory agencies, industry experts and dry cask storage manufacturers. The Feb. 23 workshop will focus on receiving the public’s input on spent fuel storage strategies for PG&E’s consideration.

Those interested in presenting ideas to the panel at the Feb. 23 workshop should contact the panel at Engagementpanel@pge.com by Thursday, Feb. 14. Interested parties should include in their message a name and organization, topic, contact information, a digital slide presentation, and desired time slot of 15, 30, or 45 minutes. The panel will review submissions and notify all those requesting to present of its selections in advance of the workshop.

A public comment session will be held on Feb. 23. The public is encouraged to participate and to submit comments or questions to the panel at any time by visiting the panel’s website and filling out an Electronic Public Comment Form.

Spent fuel storage workshops will be held at Embassy Suites by Hilton in San Luis Obispo (333 Madonna Rd.) and live-streamed on the panel’s website. Workshop times are as follows:

Friday, Feb. 22, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.*
Saturday, Feb. 23, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.*

*Meeting conclusion times are subject to change.

The input offered by the public and the panel at the workshops will be evaluated by PG&E as it prepares requests for proposals from dry cask storage system vendors that might allow for a more expeditious transfer of fuel to dry storage. The panel’s recommendations and public comments will also be submitted to PG&E as a part of its annual report which is in-turn submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission.

All input gathered at the workshops will enhance discussions at the panel’s March 13 public meeting, which will also focus on spent fuel storage. To find out more about panel public meetings, visit www.pge.com/engagementpanel. If you would like tour Diablo Canyon and see its dry cask storage, visit www.pge.com/diablocanyontours.

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.