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Diablo Canyon Power Plant

The Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel will hold two public workshops this month to gather information and public input on storing spent fuel from Diablo Canyon Power Plant after Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s twin nuclear reactors are decommissioned.

Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel will hold two public workshops this month in San Luis Obispo to gather information and public input on storing spent fuel from Diablo Canyon Power Plant, a panel spokesman said.

At the first workshop from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 22, the panel will hear presentations from plant owner Pacific Gas and Electric Co., regulatory agencies, industry experts and dry cask storage manufacturers.

The second workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23, will focus on receiving public input on spent fuel storage strategies for PG&E to consider as part of the decommissioning process.

Workshop ending times could change.

Both workshops will take place at Embassy Suites by Hilton, 333 Madonna Road, in San Luis Obispo, and will be live streamed on the panel’s website, the spokesman said.

Those who want to present ideas to the panel at the Feb. 23 workshop should contact the panel at Engagementpanel@pge.com by Thursday, Feb. 14.

Requests should include the person’s name and organization, topic, contact information, a digital slide presentation and a desired time slot of 15, 30 or 45 minutes.

Panel members will review submissions and notify all who have asked to make a presentation of those selected prior to the workshop, the spokesman said.

Members of the public can also comment at the Feb. 23 session and can submit comments and questions to the panel at any time by filling out an electronic public comment form on its website at www.pge.com/engagementpanel.

Input from the public and the panel that might lead to a more expeditious transfer of spent fuel to dry storage will be evaluated by PG&E as it prepares requests for proposals from dry cask storage system vendors.

The panel’s recommendations and public comments also will be incorporated into PG&E’s annual report, which will be submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission.

All input gathered at the workshops will inform discussions at the panel’s March 13 public meeting, which will also focus on spent fuel storage.

For more information about the panel’s public meetings, visit the panel’s website listed above.

To tour Diablo Canyon and see the plant’s dry cask storage, visit www.pge.com/diablocanyontours.

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This report was compiled by Associate Editor Mike Hodgson. He can be reached at mhodgson@leecentralcoastnews.com.

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