COUNTY — The California Legislature passed a bill on Monday, Aug. 20 that will ease the impacts from the pending closure of Diablo Canyon Power Plant, the last functioning nuclear power plant in California.
The bill, Senate Bill (SB) 1090, is now on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for approval. The bipartisan legislation was introduced in March by Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) to mitigate the impacts of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant closure.
“There’s a good reason this bill has had such strong bipartisan support at the state level: The closure of Diablo Canyon Power Plant will significantly impact the San Luis Obispo County region for years to come,” said County Administrative Officer Wade Horton. “SB 1090 will help ease those impacts as we transition to a post-Diablo Canyon economy. We appreciate the state Legislature’s support, particularly that of Senator Monning and Assemblyman Cunningham.”
San Luis Obispo City Manager and City Coalition spokesperson Derek Johnson added, “Our communities have borne, and will continue to bear, the risk of having a nuclear power plant in our region. These funds will help to ensure safe operations through the plant’s closure in 2025 and will ease environmental impacts of the plant’s closure locally and across the state.”