California lawmakers extend life of state’s last nuclear power plant

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California lawmakers have sent Gov. Gavin Newsom a bill that would extend the life of Diablo Canyon, the state’s last nuclear power plant.Senate Bill 846 received bipartisan support in the Assembly. The final vote in the chamber was 67-3. Monterey Bay Assemblymember Mark Stone was among the lawmakers who voted against the measure. Assemblymember Robert Rivas voted to support the legislation.The measure passed on a largely party-line vote of 31-1 in the Senate. The two senators who represent the Central Coast, Sen. John Laird and Sen. Anna Caballero, voted in favor of the bill.The bill required approval from two-thirds of members in each chamber because the votes came early Thursday morning, after the midnight deadline.Extending the life of the nuclear power plant was part of a set of seven energy proposals Gov. Gavin Newsom had asked the Legislature to approve as the Democratic-led state aims to achieve its goal to drastically reduce carbon emissions within the next two decades.The plant is supposed to shutter in 2025. The bill pushes that closure to 2030. Newsom’s administration has said by keeping this plant up and running, it would help the state maintain a zero-carbon resource that can displace gas in the short term until new resources are in place.

California lawmakers have sent Gov. Gavin Newsom a bill that would extend the life of Diablo Canyon, the state’s last nuclear power plant.

Senate Bill 846 received bipartisan support in the Assembly. The final vote in the chamber was 67-3.

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Monterey Bay Assemblymember Mark Stone was among the lawmakers who voted against the measure. Assemblymember Robert Rivas voted to support the legislation.

The measure passed on a largely party-line vote of 31-1 in the Senate. The two senators who represent the Central Coast, Sen. John Laird and Sen. Anna Caballero, voted in favor of the bill.

The bill required approval from two-thirds of members in each chamber because the votes came early Thursday morning, after the midnight deadline.

Extending the life of the nuclear power plant was part of a set of seven energy proposals Gov. Gavin Newsom had asked the Legislature to approve as the Democratic-led state aims to achieve its goal to drastically reduce carbon emissions within the next two decades.

The plant is supposed to shutter in 2025. The bill pushes that closure to 2030. Newsom’s administration has said by keeping this plant up and running, it would help the state maintain a zero-carbon resource that can displace gas in the short term until new resources are in place.

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