NRC to discuss Diablo Canyon safety at public meeting

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting May 22 in San Luis Obispo to discuss the most recent safety assessment of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, which found that the plant is being operated safely.

The meeting will last from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites, 333 Madonna Road. In addition to giving the plant performance assessment, NRC officials will be available to answer questions from the public about the plant.

“The NRC determined that overall, Diablo Canyon power plant, Units 1 and 2, operated in a manner that preserved public health and safety and met all cornerstone objectives,” the agency said in a letter to Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

The commission’s assessment covers the first three months of the year as well as the plant’s performance in 2013.

Using the agency’s color-coded reporting system, all of the plant’s operations received a green designation, indicating low safety significance. These findings are similar to agency’s last performance assessment presented in December.

This means that the plant will receive a normal level of oversight for the remainder of the year. Oversight is done by two resident inspectors assigned to the plant as well as specialists from the agency’s regional office in Arlington, Texas.