The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decision is very disappointing. Our region bore the risk of hosting a nuclear power plant that benefited millions of Californians, and will continue to bear those risks during the shutdown process and afterward, including the storage of nuclear wastes for an unknown time period. As a result, it is only fair that the people in this region receive support to reduce the significant economic, social, and environmental impacts of Diablo Canyon’s closure.
Despite the Commission’s decision, members of the Coalition of Cities are determined to find a successful path forward. On our own initiative, we will explore other options for mitigation, including working with PG&E and the Legislature. That includes Senator Bill Monning’s bill, which would require PG&E to submit a study on the closure’s adverse economic impacts on our region. In addition, Assembly Member Jordan Cunningham has expressed his willingness to sponsor legislation that could provide some mitigation money for the residents and businesses of this region.