Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Land Use Application
On March 29, 2021, PG&E submitted a land use application with the County of San Luis Obispo for a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) and Conditional Use Permit (CUP). A separate CDP application will be filed with the California Coastal Commission in about a year. These permits are required by the Coastal Act of California; any demolition, construction, replacement or changes to the size of a structure in a coastal zone requires a permit.
The land use application package includes a detailed Project Description, an Environmental Impact Assessment, Alternatives Analysis, and several technical reports to support the application and to assist the County and the consultant it retains in preparation of an Environmental Impact Report pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act. The application submission reflects input from the community through the Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel’s Strategic Vision. This effort is consistent with the intent to swiftly begin decommissioning efforts at the expiration of the operating licenses in 2024 and 2025.
So, what happens next?
After the CDP filing to the Coastal Commission next year, the concurrent processes (which include reviews and approvals from both the County and the Coastal Commission) are formal proceedings that will take time and are currently estimated to be complete in 2024. The complete approval process is detailed in the flow chart provided below.
At different stages, the regulatory agencies will open official public comment periods for members of the public to weigh in, allowing the agencies to hear the public’s views on the County’s draft Environmental Impact Report. Public hearings will again be held at the County and California Coastal Commission’s approval hearings.