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A longer life for Diablo Canyon? Newsom touts nuke extension

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Posted at 4:35 PM, Apr 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-29 19:35:21-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is raising the possibility that the state’s last nuclear power plant might continue operating beyond a planned closing by 2025.

California is facing possible electricity shortages, and the Democratic governor says keeping the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant running could help meet demand.

Owner Pacific Gas & Electric did not specifically address Newsom's suggestion, saying it would consider “all options.”

The Biden administration has a $6 billion fund to rescue nuclear power plants at risk of closing.

A proposal to extend the plant's life is certain to revive questions over earthquake safety at the site and require multiple agency reviews.