Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has been sued by an environmental group to block the utility from seeking an extension of federal licenses to run California’s last nuclear power plant. Friends of the Earth Tuesday filed a complaint in San Francisco Superior Court asking for an order to stop PG&E from violating a 2016 agreement with the group in which the company promised to shut the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant once its licenses run out by 2025. In the run up to the planned retirement of the plant, located in San Luis Obispo County, PG&E “did not undertake the maintenance and safety upgrades it otherwise would have,” after the deal was reached, the group said in its complaint. PG&E “is seeking the keys to continue operating its outdated nuclear power plant, situated near three dangerous seismic faults, for an indefinite time, the group said.
PG&E didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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