The History of the Diablo Canyon Independent Safety Committee, DCISC
The Diablo Canyon Independent Safety Committee (DCISC) was established as a part of a settlement agreement entered into in June 1988 between the Division of Ratepayer Advocates of the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), the Attorney General for the State of California, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) concerning the operation of the two units of PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant (Diablo Canyon). The agreement provided that:
“An Independent Safety Committee shall be established consisting of three members, one each appointed by the Governor of the State of California, the Attorney General and the Chairperson of the California Energy Commission, respectively, serving staggered three-year terms. The Committee shall review Diablo Canyon operations for the purpose of assessing the safety of operations and suggesting any recommendations for safe operations. Neither the Committee nor its members shall have any responsibility or authority for plant operations, and they shall have no authority to direct PG&E personnel. The Committee shall conform in all respects to applicable federal laws, regulations and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) policies.”
The agreement further provided that:
- The DCISC shall have the right to receive certain operating reports and records of Diablo Canyon
- The DCISC shall have the right to conduct an annual examination of the Diablo Canyon site and such other supplementary visits to the plant site as it may deem appropriate
- The DCISC is to prepare an annual report, and such interim reports as may be appropriate, which shall include any recommendations of the Committee.