NRC to discuss license renewal for Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold two public meetings Tuesday to discuss license renewal for Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

Both meetings will begin with a presentation by NRC staff about the license renewal process. The meetings will then be opened to the public to ask questions.

NRC staff will also be available for informal discussions with the public for an hour before the meetings start.

The meetings will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 333 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo. The first session will begin at 1:30 p.m. and run until 4:30 p.m. The second session will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 10 p.m.

In November, plant owners Pacific Gas and Electric Co. applied with the NRC to renew the operating licenses for the plant’s two reactors. The current 40-year licenses will expire in 2024 and 2025. The utility seeks to extend the licenses another 20 years.

In filings with the state Public Utilities Commission, PG&E estimates that license renewal will cost ratepayers $85 million, a cost the utility expects to incur through 2014.

The filing asks that PG&E be allowed to recoup the first $21.6 million beginning the first year after license renewal is granted. A final decision by the agency is expected a year from now.

Reach David Sneed at 781-7930.