published on June 28, 2016 - 10:51 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

(AP) — Local officials are expressing support for an agreement to close the California’s last nuclear energy plant in nine years.

Representatives of the San Luis Obispo sheriff’s office, school district, city council and county supervisor say the deal announced last week provides ample time to plan for a safe closure and transition about 1,400 workers away from the plant.

State lands officials are considering signing off on the agreement between Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and environmental groups to close the Diablo Canyon twin-reactor facility 20 years earlier than planned.

PG&E is asking the commission Tuesday to renew a lease allowing it to operate after 2018.

John Geesman of the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility says the state should conduct one of its strict environmental reviews before approving a lease, however short.

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