Nuclear plant closer to license renewal

  • Sun Apr 15th, 2012 9:31pm
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Associated Press

RICHLAND — Energy Northwest is one step closer to renewing its federal license to operate the Columbia Generating Station near Richland.

A federal advisory committee in Maryland recommended license renewal Friday after concluding that Energy Northwest had satisfied safety-related issues.

The Tri-City Herald said it is the final step before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission makes a decision, which could come in late May.

The station is the only commercial nuclear plant in the Pacific Northwest.

A 20-year license renewal would allow the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear plant to operate until 2043.