Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Diablo Canyon Power Plant operated safely in 2013

March 11, 2014

AVILA BEACH, Calif.— The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) latest annual assessment of Diablo Canyon Power Plant continues to find Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is operating the facility safely, and is meeting all of the federal regulator's safety and security performance objectives.


The NRC recently announced the findings in its yearly report card on Diablo Canyon. All 100 commercial nuclear power plants in the U.S. undergo such assessments by the NRC.


The commission's 2013 evaluation of Diablo Canyon, based on its ongoing oversight and inspections, places the Avila Beach facility among the highest-performing plants in the nation.


"This achievement reflects the hard work and dedication of our talented employees in meeting the NRC’s and PG&E's high performance expectations," said Ed Halpin, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer at PG&E. "Most importantly, the findings continue to demonstrate that we are fulfilling our commitment to deliver safe, reliable and affordable power to our customers every day."


The NRC's assessment of Diablo Canyon is available on the agency's public website.

About Diablo Canyon Power Plant

Diablo Canyon Power Plant is a nuclear power facility owned and operated by PG&E. Its two units together produce approximately 2,300 net megawatts of carbon-free power. It provides nearly 10 percent of all electricity generated in California, and enough energy to meet the needs of more than three million Northern and Central Californians. Diablo Canyon has a $920 million annual local economic impact and is the largest private employer in San Luis Obispo County.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit and