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California Land Regulators To Weigh End Of Nuclear Power

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The nuclear fueled Diablo Canyon Power Plant — in San Luis Obispo County, California.

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(AP) - California regulators are considering whether to drop their longstanding environmental objections to the state's last nuclear power plant in return for its promise to close early.

The State Lands Commission will consider foregoing an environmental review before renewing a contract with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. in light of its agreement to close Diablo Canyon in nine years.

California's largest utility and environmental groups announced a deal last week to close the Central California twin-reactor facility by 2025.

The commission is the first of multiple regulatory hurdles facing the agreement to shut down the 31-year-old plant nearly 20 years ahead of its planned termination.

Fears about the seismic faults near the plant have dogged the project since its conception in the 1960s, and helped spark the national anti-nuclear power movement.