The Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility (A4NR) ended the year celebrating a Joint Proposal to retire the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant at the end of current licenses and successful legislation addressing economic losses from closure. For over 12 years, we at the Alliance have been able to share our steps toward the closing of the plant. We are thankful for the trust many in our community have shown in A4NR’s commitment to a state-driven solution to limit the operations of Diablo Canyon to its current license.
Much as the Alliance had been predicting, a combination of mounting costs and risks along with the surge in renewable energy has brought PG&E, unions, national environmental organizations, the San Luis Obispo community, and the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility to the negotiating table. The result is the first organized advance closure process that considers worker, community, energy, and environmental impacts before shutdown.
While our incredible attorneys challenged PG&E’s claims in several cases before the CPUC, David Weisman, and I trekked to Sacramento to insure there was legislation that considers the economic impact of retiring Diablo Canyon. Neither the proposal nor legislation are necessarily perfect, but they are a vital first step in making California nuclear free.
We could not have accomplished this without our community’s support. While A4NR’s attorneys believe in our work and have agreed to limit their pay to CPUC approved intervenor funding, it is invaluable to have a local voice when facing decision-makers. The Alliance — true to its name — has created a broad and dynamic political and oversight network. The travel expenses we raise each year to cover air/train/car/BART/hotels/meals has fueled our success.
Thank you all for being part of an amazing 2016, and please stay with us as we make this unprecedented Joint Proposal a reality… Let the countdown to closure clock begin!
Rochelle Becker, Executive Director
Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility
PO 1328, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406