Morning Briefing - May 24, 2023
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May 24, 2023

Company has no right to develop coastal property near Diablo Canyon, judge says 

By ExchangeMonitor

A land developer will not soon be building what amounts to a small city in the buffer zone around the Diablo Canyon Power Plant after a California court ruled Monday that the developer does not have a valid lease on the land.

The Local San Luis Obispo Tribune first reported the proposed ruling in the Superior Court of California. The duo of Pacho Limited Partnership and San Luis Bay Limited filed suit in 2019 against Eureka Energy Company, a subsidiary of Diablo Canyon Operator Pacific Gas & Electric.

The developer, according to the Tribune, wanted to build thousands of homes in an area known as Wild Cherry Canyon, which is part of a buffer zone of more than 10,000 acres surrounding the dual-reactor nuclear power plant.

Superior Court Judge Rita Federman on Monday wrote that the plaintiffs do not actually have a lease on the roughly 2,500 acres they wanted to develop. Their lease ran out in 2019, according to Monday’s proposed ruling.

The plaintiffs have 30 days from Monday to ask the court for a different ruling, the Tribune reported.

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