Di­ablo Canyon En­gage­ment Panel: Don’t shut us down


On Jan. 24, The Tri­bune pub­lished a lo­cal View­point from one of the mem­bers of the Di­ablo Canyon De­com­mis­sion­ing En­gage­ment Panel (DCDEP), Alex Karlin, urg­ing the Cal­i­for­nia Pub­lic Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion to take ac­tion to re­place the cur­rent panel.

Mr. Karlin pro­poses ap­point­ing an in­de­pen­dent com­mu­nity ad­vi­sory panel to mon­i­tor and pro­vide over­sight, and also to com­mu­ni­cate com­mu­nity con­cerns re­gard­ing the pro­jected de­com­mis­sion­ing of the Di­ablo Canyon nu­clear power plant.

Mr. Karlin’s View­point is con­cern­ing be­cause nei­ther the panel nor the com­mu­nity has had the op­por­tu­nity to con­duct an in-depth eval­u­a­tion of his rec­om­men­da­tion or sev­eral other pos­si­ble al­ter­na­tives.

There­fore, the un­der­signed mem­bers of the panel wish to com­mu­ni­cate the fol­low­ing points, re­flect­ing the think­ing of most of the pub­lic mem­bers of the DCDEP:

Rel­e­vant to Mr. Karlin’s pro­posal, please con­sider the work that has been ac­com­plished dur­ing 2018 by the cur­rent panel, as ev­i­denced by the yearend Strate­gic Vi­sion Doc­u­ment re­leased on Jan. 8 (pge.com/en­gage­ment panel). Since its for­ma­tion in May 2018, the panel has con­ducted seven pub­lic meet­ings and hosted four full-day work­shops re­sult­ing in rec­om­men­da­tions on the de­com­mis­sion­ing process; fund­ing; use of 12,000 acres of sur­round­ing lands; and re­use of Di­ablo Canyon fa­cil­i­ties af­ter de­com­mis­sion­ing. Up­com­ing top­ics for 2019 in­clude spent fuel man­age­ment, eco­nomic im­pacts of de­com­mis­sion­ing, trans­porta­tion-re­lated im­pacts and the fu­ture struc­ture and role of the panel.

The DCDEP is well aware of Mr. Karlin’s rec­om­men­da­tions and al­ready had sched­uled a panel meet­ing on June 12 to con­sider his pro­posal in the con­text of a larger dis­cus­sion about strengths, weak­nesses and op­por­tu­ni­ties for im­prove­ment in the char­tered mis­sion of the DCDEP to serve as a com­mu­ni­ca­tion link be­tween the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties of San Luis Obispo County and PG&E, with re­gard to the an­tic­i­pated de­com­mis­sion­ing. We thought that it was an ap­pro­pri­ate time to step back and en­gage the com­mu­nity in a con­ver­sa­tion on our ef­fec­tive­ness fol­low­ing one full year of op­er­a­tion.

As part of the eval­u­a­tion process, the panel an­tic­i­pates hold­ing pub­lic work­shops in May (dates and lo­ca­tions to be de­ter­mined) to re­ceive in­put from ex­perts on ap­pro­pri­ate com­mu­nity panel struc­tures and func­tions and also to hear from in­ter­ested mem­bers of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. The pur­pose of the work­shops will be to help panel mem­bers and the com­mu­nity un­der­stand the is­sues and make well-thought-out rec­om­men­da­tions to PG&E and to the CPUC re­gard­ing the on­go­ing struc­ture and func­tion of the DCDEP or its suc­ces­sor en­tity that truly serves our unique sit­u­a­tion.

The panel wishes to ex­tend an in­vi­ta­tion to the CPUC, to the County Board of Su­per­vi­sors, Cities and in­ter­ested mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity to par­tic­i­pate ac­tively in these work­shops and in the June 12 pub­lic meet­ing.

Most im­por­tantly, we ask that no ac­tions be taken with re­gard to Mr. Karlin’s rec­om­men­da­tions un­til our com­mu­nity has had the op­por­tu­nity to openly dis­cuss these is­sues at the May work­shops and June pub­lic meet­ing and the sub­se­quent is­suance of the panel’s rec­om­men­da­tions on this im­por­tant topic.

Fi­nally, the panel wishes to com­mu­ni­cate that its pri­mary fo­cus for the first quar­ter of 2019 is a con­sid­er­a­tion of spent fuel stor­age at the Di­ablo Canyon Power Plant. This is an im­por­tant is­sue, highly de­serv­ing of com­mu­nity at­ten­tion. We in­vite your par­tic­i­pa­tion at these sched­uled events:

Feb. 22 and 23: Work­shops ( pub­lic in­vited) that in­cludes pre­sen­ta­tions from PG&E, the Nu­clear Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion, Depart­ment of En­ergy, Cal­i­for­nia En­ergy Com­mis­sion and at least three com­pet­ing ven­dors of stor­age casks, dis­cus­sion of the strate­gies for han­dling spent fuel and re­lated



March 13: Pub­lic DCDEP meet­ing re­cap­ping find­ings from the work­shops, ad­di­tional pub­lic tes­ti­mony and de­vel­op­ing panel rec­om­men­da­tions re­gard­ing spent fuel stor­age to PG&E and to the CPUC.

The panel wishes to thank com­mu­nity mem­bers for their ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in the work of the of the DCDEP this past year. The com­mu­nity’s in­ter­est has been demon­strated by the nearly 1,000 dis­crete com­mu­ni­ca­tions from the pub­lic re­ceived thus far. We hope your par­tic­i­pa­tion will con­tinue in 2019 as we ad­dress more is­sues crit­i­cally im­por­tant to the an­tic­i­pated de­com­mis­sion­ing of the Di­ablo Canyon nu­clear power plant.

Sub­mit­ted by Di­ablo Canyon De­com­mis­sion­ing En­gage­ment Panel mem­bers David Bald­win, Dena Bellman, Lau­ren Brown, Sheri Danoff, Scott Lathrop, Frank Mecham, Nancy O’Mal­ley, Linda See­ley and Kara Woodruff.

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