Diablo Canyon starts planned refueling outage today

Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant began its planned refueling and maintenance outage of its Unit 2 reactor at midnight today, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. announced.

During the outage, Diablo Canyon personnel and more than 1,000 temporary employees will replace a third of the reactor fuel, do maintenance and test plant systems and components that can’t be accessed during normal plant operation, PG&E said.