Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel

Public Comments

DateDecommissioning TopicComment / Suggestion:Group Affiliation, if any (Optional)Uploaded File 1Uploaded File 2
August 8, 2018Lands

This beautiful land should be open to the public.

August 7, 2018Lands

Keep it as natural as possible and put a wild trail in from Avila to Los Osos. Zero houses.

August 7, 2018Lands

The whole Diablo property should be turned into a beautiful State park.

August 7, 2018Lands

I look forward to increased public access for hiking and passive use in the hills and along the coast. This is the time to preserve Wild Cherry Canyon.

August 7, 2018Repurposing of Facilities

Great idea to re-purpose the buildings for alternative energy production. Also a perfect opportunity to learn by doing decomissioning so it is done right.

August 7, 2018Lands

The land should return to the yak tiyu tiyu yak tilhini Northern Chumash Tribe.

August 7, 2018Lands

That entire area should be cover with solar panels. The water area should be used for tide power generation. Why am I not surprised it is not already that way.

citizen
August 7, 2018Lands

I would like to see public access and conservation of this land.

August 7, 2018Lands

If the land is designated a National Park, the income from the visitors would enrich the area. National Parks are destinations that bring tourism and at the same time preserve the land for the public and care for it in a sensitive way. Undeveloped coastline is rare now and we would be wise to preserve it in it’s current state. Thanks 💚🌿💚

August 7, 2018Repurposing of Facilities

It makes good business sense to repurpose and reuse the existing facilities, especially the desalinization plant and power grid. A new National Park could benefit from the existing infrastructure.

August 7, 2018Lands

It would be wonderful to have this beautiful shoreline remain forever open to hiking, biking, and camping.

August 7, 2018Repurposing of Facilities

I support the idea of using the power distribution network to deliver renewable energy such as wind, solar, or wave power

August 7, 2018Economic Impacts of Decommissioning

i very unhappy about the goverment not work with them to keep it running. the economic impact to this county is to great & will impact all. we need electricity and goverment bull has already shut down 1 plant that was far safer and not diablo!

the public
August 7, 2018Lands

connecting Wild Cherry Canyon and Montana de Oro would be a huge assest to our area for locals and eco-tourists alike. I had the pleasure (and pain) of running the Wild Cherry Canyon race both times it was presented.

San Luis Distance Club
August 7, 2018Lands

I strongly hope that these prime wild lands will be conserved for wildlife, possibly with some trails for humans. But development of any type should be rigorously avoided; this is too precious and unique an area to build on.

August 7, 2018Environmental Impacts

The public lands from Avila Beach to the southern end of Montana de Oro State Park are essential habitat for burrowing owls and peregrine falcons. Please keep them safe from drilling and manufacturing and building.

Morro Coast Audubon Society
August 7, 2018Lands

Open surrounding lands of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant, including Wild Cherry Canyon to public access, hiking etc.

August 7, 2018Lands

Open space and trails. Separate bikes and pedestrians. Allow dogs!

August 7, 2018Lands

I'd like the Land Conservancy or another such group to own and preserve the canyons. Thank you.

none
August 7, 2018Lands

The beautiful views, rich natural/ecological and cultural heritage should be preserved intact. There are very few areas like this left in the world, and we need to keep it as a nature reserve.

August 7, 2018Lands

I strongly oppose using the lands for housing development. I support conservation.

August 6, 2018Safety

The dry casket case methodology of storing spent fuel rods; It is not feasible, safe for our community and the seven generations afterword.

Mothers for Peace
August 6, 2018Lands

Please consider giving us trails in Wild Cherry Canyon. A separate trail for hikers/bikers and one for equestrians would be greatly appreciated. thank you.
We really need to protect as much open space as we possibly can. This is our greatest tourist asset.

Ride Nipomo, Back Country Horsemen
August 6, 2018Lands

My hope is that the lands involved in the Diablo decommissioning, will be put into conservation for future generations to enjoy, with public access. This would include Wild Cherry Canyon.

none
August 6, 2018Environmental Impacts

Environmental impacts on the land in question should be considered carefully, and fully.

none
August 6, 2018Lands

The best way to preserve the land would be to keep Diablo Canyon operating. Even the state parks representatives state that PG&E does a great job of somservation on these 12 miles of coastline. State parks don’t have as much money or resources.
I would like to see a transition away from supporting cattle ranching on the lands. Bring back native grasses and shrubs and stop supporting methane-producing beef.

August 6, 2018Lands

Conservation and trails. This could be a world class recreation destination for hiking, mountain biking and equestrians. Camping is very much in demand on the CA coast and finding a space is nearly impossible anywhere else on the coast. This property has all the makings of one of the best recreational facilities in CA.

August 6, 2018Repurposing of Facilities

Reuse of these facilities is the most sustainable path forward. A combination of an emergency fresh water source through desalination and educational facilities for the public wanting to study marine environments. Think Monterey bay aquarium here... could be a fantastic resource and educational facility. Perhaps partner with Channel Islands college district or Cal Poly for those opportunities- reach out to leadership in Monterey Bay for guidance and feasibility.

August 6, 2018Lands

I would like to see the Diablo Lands, including Wild Cherry Canyon, used for conservation and public access; including a 20 mile coastal trail through Irish Hills. Open Space is so important for the environment and the people who use them. Thank you!

Equestrian, hiker, and outdoor enthusiast.
August 6, 2018Repurposing of Facilities

I urge the panel to consider the benefits to the county's residents as well as to regional tourists in converting the land into open space, recreational space, conservation, and wildlife restoration. This could be a tremendous asset to our area for generations to come.

August 6, 2018Lands

Develop equestrian areas, including campsites for overnight with electrical, water and sewer, restrooms with Showers and toilets and charge for use. Could be group or individuals or both.

AHC and BCHC, Ca Cattlewomen
August 6, 2018Lands

Equestrian use for sure. We would use more horse camping places. Maybe a group or individual site that we could campout and have trails to ride on. Most places charge for group areas and individual areas. They could have cooking area, restrooms with showers. Maybe water and electrical hookup. Since we don't get alot of rain it could be a year round money maker. I'm sure some of our riding clubs for donate money or corrals for it also. Please consider this ideal.

BCHC (horse)
August 6, 2018Lands

Keep the land protected from development. Only allow hiking trails in the area.

August 6, 2018Lands

Public Access trail through cherry creek canyon out to the coast for a mountain bike/ runners /equestrians.

Central coast concerned mountain bikers
August 6, 2018

Can the desalination plant be upgraded and increased to provide needed water to the community? With the extensive drought we have been experiencing, this could offer a needed solution.
Also, use existing buildings to provide a larger public aquarium and wildlife rescue facility- much like Monterey Bay. This could bring tourism, educational opportunities for our local schools, as well as Cal Poly internships.

No group. Educator and resident of SLO County for over 30 years.
August 6, 2018Transportation Impacts

I would like to see the lands kept as a preserve., allowing for hiking and camping. We need to preserve our coastline in its natural state and allow people to access it for these reasons.

private citizen
August 6, 2018Lands

Equestrian access!

August 6, 2018Lands

I would like to see the lands surrounding Diablo Canyon (including Wild Cherry Canyon) kept in conservation with limited public access. I feel this would provide the greatest public benefit (hiking for locals and increased tourist dollars). Increased natural and recreational areas will be needed as the population grows.
Thank you,
Laura Frank

August 6, 2018Lands

Conserve and protect the lands as open space for public access.

August 6, 2018Lands

Open the land for the public to enjoy hiking mountain hiking

August 6, 2018Lands

I receive the following comment from a member of the public:

“National Park please!”

August 5, 2018Lands

Public access to land would be amazing! Specifically for trail running, mountain biking and hiking. SLO County is already an amazing place for outdoor activity, allowing public access to this land would further the health and wellbeing of our awesome community.

August 5, 2018Lands

Please keep this beautiful land accessible to hikers and those of us who would use it gently. A 20 mile trail through the Irish Hills would be fantastic!

August 5, 2018Economic Impacts of Decommissioning

I received the following comment from a member of the public:

“How will SLO make up the 1 billion dollar dent in the economy? @Ksby has a story today 8/4/18 on that very subject - tourism will have to mega multiply to put a dent in that number”

I provided the following response:

“You may wish to attend the public hearings that address these issues. For example, on August 29th the issue of land use is being addressed, which has great opportunity for tourism. On September 26th, possible reuse of facilities is discussed. In December (date TBD), the specific question of the economic impacts of the closure are at issue. Stay engaged to learn more and provide input!”

August 5, 2018Lands

I'd like to see that beautiful coast line enjoyed by all and not the wealthy few. A hiking/bike path connecting MDO would be my first pick. Development of high end homes/ condos resorts would be my last pick.

August 4, 2018Community Outreach Process

please put in a trail for horse back riding access. what a wonderful asset to the over all quality of SLO county

ride nipomo
August 4, 2018Repurposing of Facilities

Why are the workshops for re-purposing only being held in Atascadero. If local input is truly desired, they should be held near the plant (Avila, Pismo or SLO) and in north and south county (3 workshops per topic in 3 different locations).

August 4, 2018Transportation Impacts

In the last public meeting we heard that the Decommissioning fund was at $2.8 billion and no more funds are being collected in PG&E bills. We also heard that the estimate to remove the radiological hazard to meet NRC requirements was $1.2 billion. It was also stated that PG&E estimates it would require $4.4 billion to return the site to "green field" (and this is in line with what has been proposed at SONGS).

It was also stated that the State of California will require more than just removal of the radiological hazard. How much more was not defined.

Non-radiological hazards exist at the plant (asbestos, lead based paint, etc.) which must be removed to meet State [Cal EPA] requirements. Example, the original brown metal siding of the turbine building and the Fuel handling buildings has asbestos and must be removed. I don't believe the removal of the non-rad hazards would cost $3.2 billion over and above the $1.2 billion to remove the radiological hazard. I assume most of the $3.2 billion estimate is to remove non-hazardous concrete and debris from the site.

The transportation impacts of removing thousands of tons of non-hazardous concrete and debris from the plant are huge in cost, pollution and traffic congestion.

1- How many truck shipments are estimated and how many years of additional traffic congestion on 101 from Avila to the Pismo rail yard are estimated to remove the non-hazardous debris from the site?

2- If the structures remained in place after the hazardous materials were removed, what would the savings be in reduced air pollution from avoided truck shipments and costs reduction for the project?

3- Since the SONGS project D&D funding approval was just reported to have been reduced from $4.4 billion to $3.3 billion, won't the Diablo Canyon project needed to evaluate scopes of work short of returning the site to a green field?

4- Shouldn't a detailed survey, poll or census of the local population be conducted to determine what percent of the population supports leaving decontaminated structures in place in trade for for reduced traffic congestion, reduced local air pollution and a reduction in overall project costs?

August 4, 2018Lands

It should be reserved for the public to enjoy. No residential housing whatsoever.

August 4, 2018Lands

Every effort must be made to preserve this land in its natural state, with public access to a few restricted places such as Wild Cherry Canyon (including a 20-mile coastal trail through the Irish Hills).

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