SLO County Roundup

Diablo Canyon

Unit 2 of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant was restarted Tuesday after a maintenance and refueling shutdown.

Plant workers, along with more than 1,000 temporary workers, replaced one-third of the reactor fuel and performed numerous maintenance and testing tasks. They also replaced the reactor vessel head, a component that sits atop the reactor and helps maintain pressure in it.

Also during this outage, workers discovered that switches on two safety valves were improperly set during the previous outage that occurred a year and a half ago. The valves were set in such a way that they could not have been opened remotely during a loss-of-coolant accident.

— David Sneed

SLO County

Applications are due Friday to fill positions on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council.

Three-year terms begin in the spring for representatives of agriculture, business and industry, commercial fishing and research and conservation, and for two at-large seats.

Representatives attend meetings every two months in communities along the sanctuary’s 276 miles of coastline from Cambria to Marin County.

The council, with 20 voting members, represents the public’s interests in sanctuary matters and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.

Candidates will be selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and knowledge regarding the protection and management of marine resources.

For details, go to http://bit.ly/3ZIAz or call Nicole Capps at (831) 647-4206.

— Kathe Tanner

North County

The Heritage Ranch Community Service District has scheduled an open house at its facilities Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4870 Heritage Road.

Information on water resources, wastewater management, water on landscaping and trash recycling will be presented.

John D’Ornellas, Community Service District general manager, employees and members of the board of the directors will be present, along with other officials.

Those who attend will get a free hamburger or hot dog, chips and a soft drink.

For details, contact Ralph Allison, board president, at 237-2665 or ralfalison@charter.net.

— Tonya Strickland