Judge denies $85 million mitigation impact for Diablo’s closure
Senator, Assemblyman respond
– Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) issued the following statement regarding the California Public Utilities Commission’s decision on the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Agreement that was issued Thursday:
“I am deeply disappointed that the California Public Utilities Commission decided to adopt the Administrative Law Judge’s decision that denied $85 million to the Community Impacts Mitigation Program. San Luis Obispo County agreed to house the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, which provides power to more than 3 million people and benefits Californians despite the negative repercussions. The County and its residents deserve to be compensated for the impacts they will incur when the plant shuts down. With this in mind, I will be looking into legislative options to assist the San Luis Obispo community.”
Pacific Gas and Electric Company will retire the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in 2024 and 2025, when its federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission operating licenses expire.
Senator Monning was elected in 2012 to represent the 17th Senate District, which includes all of San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz counties, and portions of Monterey and Santa Clara counties. Senator Monning previously served in the California State Assembly for two terms. Prior to being an elected official, the Senator was a professor at the Monterey College of Law and a Professor of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
“Today’s decision by the Public Utilities Commission is extremely disappointing. It fails to provide the resources we need to smoothly deal with Diablo’s closure. Diablo has provided thousands of jobs in our region, as well as clean and reliable energy, for more than three decades. I’ll be working with Senator Monning and community leaders to find ways to mitigate the impact of the PUC’s unfortunate decision today,” said Jordan Cunningham
Member, California State Assembly District 35.