Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is accepting applications for the Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel, a nonregulatory stakeholder group of up to 11 members that will provide community input as the company prepares a site-specific plan to decommission Diablo Canyon Power Plant.
Those interested in being a panel member must submit an application by March 21.
“We are absolutely focused on safely operating Diablo Canyon to the end of its current operating licenses,” said Jon Franke, vice president of power generation. “At the same time, it’s important that we plan now for the safe and responsible decommissioning of the facility, which will begin after the federal licenses expire in 2024 and 2025.
“We value our place in the community and understand the importance of gathering input and feedback as we develop the decommissioning plan,” Franke continued. “We strongly encourage members of our community to submit applications for the panel, and we look forward to gaining their insights.”
Panel members will learn about the technical aspects of the decommissioning process and provide input on that process as well as the potential future use of the site and the lands that surround power plant.
A formation committee composed of local community leaders and PG&E officials will select engagement panel members “who broadly reflect the diverse community and stakeholder viewpoints” of those living and working in proximity of the plant, a company spokesman said.
PG&E officials expect the engagement panel to be selected by early April and for its first meeting to take place later that month.
Engagement panel meetings will be held throughout the year and will be open to the public in order to receive additional community feedback, the spokesman said.
Community members interested in being on the engagement panel can obtain and submit applications at the panel’s website at www.pge.com/en_US/safety/how-the-system-works/diablo-canyon-power-plant/diablo-canyon-power-plant/engagement-panel.page?WT.mc_id=Vanity_engagementpanel.