Utility plans to shut down California’s last nuke plant

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Aerial view of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant which sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean at Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo County.  (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Aerial view of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant which sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean at Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo County. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – California’s only remaining nuclear power plant will be shut down by 2025, under a proposal announced Tuesday by the operator and labor and environmental groups.

The power generated by the two nuclear reactors at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County would be replaced with investment in renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and energy storage, plant operator PG&E said in a statement. The plant near Avila Beach generates enough electricity to power about 1.7 million homes in Central and Northern California, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Diablo Canyon plant has been the subject of controversy for decades. The plant sits near several earthquake faults, one of which was discovered three years after construction began on the plant. Calls to close it increased after an earthquake damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan in 2011.

The state’s only other nuclear plant at San Onofre was closed in 2013 because of an equipment failure.

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