NRC Approves Diablo Canyon Application
The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission determined that Pacific Gas & Electric’s application to renew the operating licenses at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant was sufficient.
The NRC determined the application contains sufficient information to begin its safety and environmental reviews. The determination of sufficiency allows PG&E to continue operating Units 1 and 2 at Diablo Canyon past their current licenses of 2024 and 2025 while the License Renewal Application is under review. The application review generally takes several years.
In November, Pacific Gas & Electric filed the application to extend the plant’s operating licenses by an additional 20 years. The plant is currently licensed to operate through November 2, 2024, for Unit 1 and through August 26, 2025, for Unit 2. The application would renew Diablo’s license for 20 years.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission also announced an opportunity to request a hearing on an application to renew the plant’s operating licenses.
On December 14, 2023, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a proposal to extend the operation of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant for five years through 2030.