Nuclear Disasters

Last California plant to close as nuclear power struggles

Rooftop solar panels and churning wind turbines are hastening the demise of U.S. nuclear power plants and the safety fears and high operating costs they bring.

The latest example is California's Diablo Canyon twin-reactor facility.

California's largest utility and environmental groups announced a deal Tuesday to shutter the last nuclear power plant in the state.

The move comes as the operators of the country's aging nuclear facilities confront rising repair bills at a time when sources of clean, safer energy cost less.

Competition from a glut of natural gas and surging solar and wind production also has dampened enthusiasm in Europe for nuclear power. So did...