AVILA BEACH — During the months of August and September, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will offer Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) lands tours to increase public knowledge of the 12,000 acres that surround DCPP. The Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel will also offer four public workshops to gather public input on the potential future uses of Diablo Canyon lands and facilities.
The tours and the workshops provide an opportunity for the public and the panel to offer input which will be evaluated by PG&E as plans are developed for the plant and surrounding land’s future decommissioning.
The expansion of the existing plant tour program to include lands tours supports PG&E’s commitment to a public stakeholder process ahead of making any decisions on the future use of DCPP lands and facilities after the plant’s operating licenses expire in 2024-2025. The Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel’s August and September public meetings will focus on the future use of DCPP lands and facilities.
Those interested in presenting ideas to the panel on the future use of Diablo Canyon lands and facilities at one of the workshops should reach the panel at [email protected] Interested parties should include their name or entity, topic, contact information, and a digital slide presentation. The panel will notify those chosen to present in advance of the workshop. The public is invited to attend; however, only those invited to present will be able to address the panel. The public is encouraged to offer comments to the panel at public meetings, or by navigating to the “Contact us” section of the panel’s website, which offers multiple options for submitting comments.
Diablo Canyon lands workshops will be held at the Pismo Beach City Hall (760 Mattie Rd.) on Friday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Diablo Canyon facilities repurposing workshops will be held at Atascadero City Hall (6500 Palma Ave.) on Friday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The panel’s Aug. 29 and Sept. 26 public meetings will also focus on the future use of Diablo Canyon lands and facilities. To find out more about panel public meetings visit www.pge.com/engagementpanel.
PG&E manages 14 miles of pristine coastline between Avila Beach and Montaña de Oro State Park on the historic Pecho Coast. The three-hour lands tours will start at 9 a.m. and will be offered on select Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from Aug. 7 to Sept. 26. Additionally, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. tours will be offered on Saturday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 18. There is no cost to participate, however, space is limited so reservations are required.
Tours will start at the PG&E Energy Education Center located at 6588 Ontario Rd. in San Luis Obispo and will highlight the cultural significance and biological diversity of the land by including stops at the south property, the DCPP site, the marina, and the coastal bluffs on the north property.
If you would like to tour the lands and facilities and for additional information on tour dates, visit www.pge.com/diablocanyontours.
Photo caption: Photo by Mike Baird