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Last Nuclear Plant In California Closing After 3 Decades

Photo caption: One of Pacific Gas and Electric's Diablo Canyon Power Plant's nuclear reactor...

Photo by Michael A. Mariant / Associated Press

One of Pacific Gas and Electric's Diablo Canyon Power Plant's nuclear reactors in San Luis Obispo County, Nov. 3, 2008.

Last Nuclear Plant In California Closing After 3 Decades

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Ivan Penn, reporter, Los Angeles Times

Transcript

A utility company and environmental groups have reached an agreement that will close California's last nuclear power plant, ending the state's nuclear power era.

The state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., and the groups said Tuesday that the Diablo Canyon plant in San Luis Obispo County will close by 2025. The accord would resolve disputes about the plant that helped fuel the anti-nuclear movement nationally.

The 30-year-old plant supplies 9 percent of California's annual power. The agreement will replace it with solar power and other forms of renewable energy.

The move ends a power source once predicted as necessary to meet the growing energy needs of the nation's most populous state.

Diablo Canyon became the state's last nuclear plant after the 2013 closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, north of San Diego. San Onofre went offline in January 2012 when premature tube wear in the station's steam generators caused a small radiation leak.

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