Letters to the Editor

Diablo’s closure shouldn’t mean death of desalination

The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in Avila Beach shown on Dec. 6, 2001.
The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in Avila Beach shown on Dec. 6, 2001. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

I think Supervisor Adam Hill is too quick to reject the Diablo Canyon desalination project (“Diablo Canyon closure kills desalination plant expansion,” June 21).

The desalination plant at the site exists, is fully operational and is run by General Electric Co. It produces 675,000 gallons of freshwater daily.

Albeit preferred, desalination plants do not require nuclear power generation to operate (Carlsbad is an example). Renewable energy such as the sun and wind are important viable options, especially for the Diablo Canyon site.

San Luis Obispo County should take advantage of this existing function of Diablo Canyon and the nine-year lead time before closure of the power plant portion to research what needs to be done to retrofit and repurpose the existing site from nuclear power generation to water conservation and proceed with the desalination project expansion.

This would preserve and create new jobs. Now is the time to get started to fulfill our current and future water needs. The Oceano, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach communities are depending on it.

Betty Cary, Oceano

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