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PG&E plays coy on the future of Diablo Canyon nuclear plant

PG&E plays coy on the future of Diablo Canyon nuclear plant

California's pioneering role in nuclear power started in 1957, when Southern California Edison powered up the nation's first civilian commercial nuclear plant at Santa Susana to provide electricity to the neighboring city of Moorpark. That 60-year history may be coming to an end.

Its fate rests with the state's last operating nuclear plant, Pacific Gas & Electric's Diablo Canyon plant, located on the Pacific coastline in San Luis Obispo County. The original 40-year federal licenses for the plant's two units expire in 2024 and 2025, and PG&E has been dithering over whether to pursue extensions covering an additional 20 years.

More than just the future of Diablo Canyon...

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