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Biden Proposes Changes to Help Rescue California Nuclear Plant

Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.
Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

Photographer: George Rose/Getty Images 

The US Department of Energy is proposing changes requested by California Governor Gavin Newsom that will allow the state’s last nuclear power plant to qualify for federal financial assistance. 

The Energy Department proposed removing a requirement that would have prevented PG&E Corp.’s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant from getting a portion of $6 billion in funds the Biden Administration is making available to rescue reactors at risk of closing early because they are losing money. The Energy Department posted the suggested amendment on its website and asked for public comments by June 27.