STATEMENT: Senators React to Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Shutdown Announcement

Important Milestone in California’s Leadership on Renewable Energy

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

SACRAMENTOCalifornia Senate Leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Senators Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) released the following statements on the announcement by Pacific Gas & Electric, the country’s second largest utility, to shut down its Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant located near San Luis Obispo by 2024.

California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles):

“Today marks an important step in California’s commitment to building a clean energy future that does not compromise the health or safety of our communities. Nuclear energy is inherently risky, and the Diablo Canyon Power Plant is vulnerable to damage from natural disasters that could threaten the wellbeing of millions of Californians. California’s world class clean energy policies, including Senate Bill 350, will ensure that we replace old sources of power with energy efficiency, wind and solar. This transition will make our energy sources less volatile, more cost-effective, and benefit the air we breathe. I commend PG&E for its cooperation and leadership in moving forward to a more sustainable energy future.”

Senator Bill Monning, Senate Majority Leader (D-Carmel):

“The Diablo Canyon Power Plant has been an anchor tenant for the region, as well as a point of controversy over the decades it has been in operation.  The agreement by PG&E not to seek license renewal is historic and will have a major impact on the San Luis Obispo region. This action underscores the need for my Senate Bill 968, which calls for an economic assessment to assist the community on how to best address the needs of the plant’s workforce, the public’s safety, and the region’s economic interests. I look forward to working with all the stakeholders to ensure that the transition will be smooth.”

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara):

“This historic agreement will usher in a greener, safer future for communities downwind of Diablo Canyon, like those I represent, as well as the entire state. I commend all of the parties who came together to take this bold and important step toward a new energy future for California. While questions still remain about the storage of radioactive spent fuel, today is a cause for great celebration for what the future holds.”