Nuke or no nuke? California officials ponder nuclear future
- Aug 12, 2022 1:03 pm GMT
The legislative session shuts down
The administration is expected to outline its argument Friday during a three-hour
Those raising questions with Newsom include state Sen.
With an extended run, “Who pays, and is there fairness in who pays?” Laird asked in an interview. “There have been additional earthquake faults discovered near the plant, and seismic upgrades were never totally completed. Will they address that?”
Laird outlined other issues that include who would pay for maintenance that has been put off because the plant is scheduled to close by 2025; whether there is time for
Potentially, billions of dollars in costs could be in play.
“I’m really waiting to see whether ... and how they address all the issues that are associated with a possible extension before I decide what I’m going to,” Laird said, referring to a possible vote.
“We are under a tight timeframe,” Laird added. “That begs the question of could they do everything it needs to be extended by 2025?”
Another major question is whether Newsom and the Legislature might try to sidestep regulatory agencies that have oversight of the plant, including the powerful
With so many pending issues and little time, “it is rushed. It does not make sense,” said
“The plant can't run a day longer than the NRC license,” which expires in
Newsom's push for a longer run for the reactors doesn't square easily with his assessment in 2016, when as lieutenant governor he supported the closure agreement as part of the
Seismic issues at the plant “are not insignificant concerns,” he said at the time. “This is not the preeminent site if you’re ... concerned about seismic safety.”
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