September 26, 2014 | By Barbara Vergetis Lundin for FierceEnergy
To meet proposed carbon emissions reduction targets, Illinois must preserve its existing nuclear energy facilities. That is according to Exelon Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory Affairs and Wholesale Market Policy Kathleen Barrón speaking at a policy session convened by the Illinois Commerce Commission to solicit expert perspectives on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed rule (Clean Power Plan) for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants.
Economic pressures facing Illinois' nuclear energy facilities have put some of them at risk of early closure and retiring the three Illinois nuclear plants at greatest risk would set the state back substantially, jeopardizing its ability to meet emissions reduction targets, according to Barrón.
KNX 1070’s Megan Goldsby reports in a decision released Wednesday, operations executive Mark Satorius said there is no immediate or significant safety concern at the Diablo Canyon plant near San Luis Obispo.
Peck had requested the NRC study be done after the Shoreline fault was discovered in 2008. While there are five seismic faults close to the plant, both studies say they don’t pose a threat to Diablo Canyon, according NRC spokesperson Lara Uselding.
“The NRC’s position is that Diablo Canyon Power Plant is safe to operate and would be able to withstand the worst case earthquake possible on the Hosgri fault,” said Uselding. Blair Jones — a spokesman for plant owner Pacific Gas and Electric Co. — says in a statement the NRC decision reaffirms that the plant “has been and continues to be seismically safe.”