California Headlines

Utility Wants Nuke Fuel Stored

Tuesday December 14, 1999 7:12 AM ET

(SAN LUIS OBISPO) -- Pacific Gas and Electric wants to store used nuclear reactor fuel at the Diablo Canyon power plant for another 20-to-40 years. The utility says a delay in completion of a national disposal site in Nevada makes such a move necessary. The plant is running out of room in the two steel-lined pools where the material is now stored. PG and E is beginning the process to create more storage space at Diablo Canyon so it can take the plant through until its planned closure in 2025. It expects to apply for the necessary permits from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission next summer.