Diablo Canyon license extension delayed

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to delay a license extension for its Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant until studies are complete on nearby earthquake faults.

Concern has been heightened following the March 11 earthquake and subsequent nuclear crisis in Japan, according to the Associated Press.

PG&E asked the NRC for a 20-year license renewal for the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant near San Luis Obispo, where a fault was discovered less than a half-mile away. Licenses for both reactors expire in 2024 and 2025.

The company said the reactors are safe, but told the NRC it would be “prudent” to complete the studies.

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