Group Threatens Lawsuit if the Climate Impacts of Closing Diablo Canyon Are Ignored
- Jul 20, 2021 9:43 pm GMT
To start the decommissioning process after the planned 2025 shutdown of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, the County of San Luis Obispo must first prepare an Environmental Impact Report - what effect the plant's shutdown will have on the environment. Though impacts considered are usually limited to local ones - pollution, drainage, wildlife, etc. - the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) permits a broad interpretation of those impacts.
Californians for Green Nuclear Power, a central coast activist group, believes CEQA was intended to consider all environmental impacts, and put out a press release today threatening to sue the county if its report doesn't consider the impact of the plant's closure on climate change. Given the plant prevents "over 15 million metric tons of CO2" from being released into the environment, I would tend to agree.
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