Friends Of The Earth File Another Lawsuit In Feud Over Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

The environmental group Friends of the Earth,  has filed yet another lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy.

This comes as the DOE has approved another 1.1 billion dollars to keep Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant open in Central California.

Diablo Canyon is the only nuclear power plant still producing power in California.

There are no emissions from nuclear power plants but environmental groups are opposed to nuclear power plants due to concerns about disposal of nuclear fuel rods once their power-producing days are done.

As for the 1.1 billion dollars, that money is going to Pacific Gas & Electric which operates Diablo Canyon.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has come out in support of Diablo canyon open to provide electricity to the California power grid, as the state moves away from the use of fossil fuels and transitions to the use of wind and solar energy.

Right now, there is not enough power coming from wind and solar to keep the power on in California.  So, Diablo Canyon is needed.

Friends of the Earth say climate change will cause more flooding around Diablo Canyon, threatening safe operation of the plant.

Friends of the Earth is also involved in additional litigation challenging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s decisions related to Diablo Canyon’s extension. These cases are pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

Plaintiffs filed the immediate lawsuit against DOE in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. They are being represented in this matter by the public interest law firm Eubanks & Associates PLLC. 


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