The impending closure of Diablo Canyon Power Plant in 2025 presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
That opportunity? To transform the existing facilities and infrastructure – plus 12,000 acres of pristine land and 14 miles of unspoiled coastline – into an attractive mix of conservation, sustainable eco-tourism, renewable energy, water resilience and cutting-edge research and development. We must seize this brief window to transform the loss of 1,500 high-wage jobs and 1,900 contractor jobs into a catalyst for economic opportunity.
We must also ensure that the massive, complex project of decommissioning the plant proceeds with maximum safety and efficiency. With decisions about decommissioning and future use being made in the very near term, we must work urgently to ensure that the region’s and state’s best long-term interests are pursued.
Advocate For Decommissioning
Advocate for safe and immediate decommissioning is a top priority in order to stave off a deleterious alternative of simply shuttering the plant for up to 60 years. This requires advocating to state and federal regulators for the safe termination of operations and responsible storage of spent nuclear fuel. Where possible, this work should utilize the highly trained Central Coast-based employees and contract workers who have maintained the site for decades.
Create Governing Entity
Create a governing entity for stewardship and future land use that is independent and dedicated multi-stakeholder oversight of decommissioning and reuse will be required for at least the next two decades. This entity (or entities) would ensure the community’s future is in the community’s hands, with the opportunity to champion our interests and values, and should support a multitude of uses over time.
Attract New Partners
Attract research and development partners. Opportunities for education and innovation in renewable energy development, energy storage, water resiliency, aquaculture and other technology could flourish through collaboration with a national lab, the California State University system and the University of California.
Facilitate and/or support land stewardship. Diablo Canyon lands should be conserved and opened to public access through an appropriate funding, maintenance and management structure to ensure their highest and best use, including preservation of pristine areas, public trails and opportunities for eco-tourism.
STAKEHOLDERS NEEDED AT THE TABLE:
- Pacific Gas & Electric
- California Public Utilities Commission
- Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- California Coastal Commission
- California State Lands Commission
- 17th Senate District
- 35th Assembly
- 24th Congressional District
- County of San Luis Obispo
- Cal Poly
- Research institutions
- PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel
- Economic development and community organizations
- Visit SLO CAL
- Environmental organizations
- Tribal representatives
- California Office of Business and Economic Development (Go Biz)
- Local labor unions
METRICS WE WILL USE TO TRACK SUCCESS
- Dollars brought into region to support R&D and reuse
- Decommissioning dollars spent locally
- Local decommissioning jobs created
- Acres conserved for public benefit