Statement Issued by Senator Monning and Assemblyman Cunningham About Recent Decision on Diablo Canyon Joint Proposal

November 20, 2017

(SACRAMENTO, CA)  - Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo), who both represent San Luis Obispo County, sent the following letter to the California Public Utilities Commission President and Board Members on the Proposed Decision about the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Agreement that was issued on November 8, 2017:

“We are extremely disappointed to see the original Joint Proposal was not upheld in its entirety, specifically the proposed decision’s denial of the $85 million allocation to the Community Impacts Mitigation Program, the financial reduction to the severance of the Employee Retention Program, and the potential consequential impacts on the parties’ historic commitment to conversion of Diablo’s energy generation capacity to a safe, renewable energy portfolio.

This letter is to express our unwavering support for the original Joint Proposal because of the importance of implementing all aspects to the agreement, such as employee retention benefits, protecting local schools from declining revenues, planning for the orderly replacement of renewable energy, and mitigation for the economic losses to the Central Coast.  The greater San Luis Obispo region will be dramatically impacted by the decommissioning of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant and the original Joint Proposal provides the best avenue to prepare for all associated impacts. 

We believe that the original Joint Proposal among all associated parties serves the best interest of the local communities, workers, environment, and rate payers.  We urge the California Public Utilities Commission Board to adopt the original Agreement, and to explore any and all possible funding mechanisms to safeguard Central Coast communities impacted by the closure of Diablo Canyon.”

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.


Contact: Mary Dolan, (916) 651-4017