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    • Thu, Jan 5 2017

    Columbia NPP Produces Record Output In 2016

    The Columbia Generating Station near Richland, Washington, set a 32-year record for electricity generation in 2016 despite two unplanned outages during the year, Energy Northwest announced Wednesday.
    • Tue, Dec 13 2016

    NRC Investigates Risky Shipping Incident At Columbia NPP

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said Monday that it had initiated a special inspection of the Columbia Generating Station near Richland, Washington, to investigate why a package sent to a U.S. Ecology disposal station 10 miles away was mislabeled with regards to the level of radioactivity.
    • Fri, Jan 8 2016

    Energy Northwest Retains Global Nuclear Fuel For Columbia NPP

    Energy Northwest, a multi-district energy agency in Washington State has retained Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) to continue to supply fuel for the Columbia Generating Station in Richland, Wa. GNF is a joint venture between General Electric, Toshiba Corporation and Hitachi Ltd., that is led by GE. The new fuel supply contract, valued at approximately $90 million, secures a fuel supply for the generating station from 2019...
    • Tue, Jul 21 2015

    NRC Drops Columbia NPP Infraction From White To Green

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has notched back emergency preparedness concerns at the Columbia Generating Station in Richland, Wa., that arose during a plant inspection in May, dropping the status of the problems cited from white to green, the lowest status in the watchdog agency's scale. ...
    • Thu, May 14 2015

    NRC Directs Columbia Generating Station And Diablo Canyon NPP To Assess Seismic Risks

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday directed Energy Northwest and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, operators of the Columbia Generating Station in Washington state and the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California, to take the next step in a review of seismic hazards by assessing the...
    • Tue, Nov 4 2014

    Energy Northwest Defends Its Columbia River Track Record

    A spokesman for Energy Northwest defended the Columbia Generating Station's track record concerning the river that bears its name and supplies it with 24 million gallons of water per day, The Portland Business Journal reported. Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit in Washington that targets...
    • Thu, Mar 13 2014

    Court Awards Duke Energy, Energy Northwest Spent Fuel Storage Costs

    A federal court this week awarded $123 million to Duke Energy and Energy Northwest to cover the cost of storing several years worth of spent fuel after the Department of Energy promised to begin moving it to the mothballed Yucca Mountain repository in 1998. As with several others, the nuclear-plant...
    • Fri, Feb 14 2014

    Washington to Study Benefits of New Nuclear Generation in State

    A group of legislators in Washington wants to explore whether nuclear power can help the state meet its climate change goals. On Wednesday the state Senate approved legislation to create a task force to study the environmental costs and benefits of nuclear power, with an eye to potentially replacing...
    • Wed, Jul 18 2012

    Inside Washington's Columbia Nuclear Plant (Video)

    Relicensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission earlier this year, the reactor at the Columbia Generating Station provides electricity for the equivalent of 1 million homes. Energy Northwest – the plant's operator made up of about two dozen publicly owned utilities in Washington state – recently produced this video with a range of footage taken inside the plant.
    • Wed, May 16 2012

    USEC to Convert Depleted Uranium into Nuclear Fuel for Columbia Station and TVA Reactors

    USEC Inc. announced yesterday that they have entered into a multi-party arrangement with Energy Northwest, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) to extend uranium enrichment operations at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, Ky. Under the agreements, DOE will provide high-assay depleted uranium hexafluoride, also known as...
    • Mon, Jan 2 2012

    Suit Over Columbia Nuclear Plant Steam Condenser Replacement Goes to Mediation

    Litigation between Energy Northwest and Babcock & Wilcox over costly delays during a steam generator replacement has been put on hold as the companies mediate the case. A district court judge suspended proceedings in the Columbia nuclear plant case until this spring, at the earliest. The suit stems from an outage last year scheduled to last 80 days that took more than twice that time.
    • Wed, Dec 7 2011

    Staff Squeeze May Delay Nuclear Plant Relicensing, Even as NRC Asks Congress for Less Funding in 2012

    With 14 applications pending, the head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday that a shortage of manpower at the agency may delay nuclear plant license renewals. Citing “resource limitations,” Gregory Jaczko warned it may take longer than expected to handle applications to extend the life of reactors ...
    • Tue, Nov 15 2011

    B&W Sues Over Condenser Replacement Delays at Wash. Nuclear Plant

    Charging that it was provided with incomplete design documents and unexpected plant conditions, Babcock & Wilcox has sued Energy Northwest over a delayed condenser replacement at the Columbia nuclear plant. The Tri-City Herald reported Saturday that B&W filed the suit in U.S. District Court, claiming the delays cost the firm $50 million. For its part, Energy Northwest promised to defend its position...
    • Tue, Sep 27 2011

    Unintended Coolant Drainage During Refueling Prompts Inspection at Washington Nuclear Plant

    While the Columbia Generating Station’s reactor was shut down for refueling, operators inadvertently drained water from it three times. And although conditions at the plant did not threaten public safety, the mistakes have drawn a special inspection from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Columbia’s GE-5 boiling water reactor, located in central Washington state and operated by Energy Northwest...
    • Fri, Sep 23 2011

    Washington’s Columbia Nuclear Plant Returns to Service After Extended Outage

    The reactor at the Columbia Generating station achieved criticality Monday and should return to the grid Saturday following a longer-than-expected outage. Energy Northwest powered down the plant in April for a scheduled refueling outage and a condenser replacement. The utility and contractor Babcock and Wilcox set an estimated completion date of June 23, but problems with the condenser installation...
    • Mon, Jul 18 2011

    DOE to Pay $48.7 Million for Used Nuclear Fuel Storage Costs to Energy Northwest

    A federal court ruled last Friday to award Energy Northwest more than $48.7 million in damages for the construction and licensing of a used fuel storage area at Columbia Generating Station. The ruling came nearly five years after the court determined the U.S. Department of Energy was in breach of contract for its failure to accept the utility’s used nuclear fuel.
    • Tue, Feb 1 2011

    Perma-Fix Awarded Radioactive Waste Management Contract from Energy Northwest

    "PFNW's close proximity to the Columbia Generating Station, expertise, licensed facilities, and personnel will provide Energy Northwest with the confidence that its condenser replacement project and outage are supported in a safe and reliable manner” said Dr. Louis F. Centofanti, Perma-Fix Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. has been awarded a one year $4.1 million...
    • Wed, Mar 10 2010

    NRC: Hearing On Application To Renew Operating License For Columbia Generating Station Nuclear Power Plant

    The Columbia Generating Station is a boiling-water nuclear reactor. The plant is located 12 miles northwest of Richland, Washington - Source NRC - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced an opportunity to request a hearing on an application to renew the operating license for the Columbia Generating Station nuclear power plant.
    • Thu, Jan 21 2010

    Energy North West Seeking License Renewal For Columbia

    Energy Northwest's current operating license, which was granted in December 1983, runs through 2023 - Edited by April Murelio - According to a report in the Tri-City Herald, Energy Northwest, which operates the Columbia Generating Station nuclear plant outside Richland, is applying for a 20-year renewal of its operating license with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The Columbia Generating Station produces...
    • Wed, Dec 16 2009

    B&W Wins Contract For Columbia Generating Station Condenser Replacement

    B&W will remove the existing waterboxes and copper-nickel tube bundles, then replace them with new waterboxes and titanium tube bundles - By Stephen Heiser - Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Power Generation Group, Inc. (B&W NPG) has been awarded a contract to support a condenser replacement project at Energy Northwest’s Columbia Generating Station in Richland, Wash. B&W will begin preparations for...
    • Wed, Jul 29 2009

    Splitting Hairs And Atoms With Randy Brich: Tilting At Windmillls,...Badly

    Wind meets reality and the people who need the electricity get stuck between the crosshairs - By Randy Brich - As a windsurfer I’m intimately aware of the power of the wind, especially while sailing the legendary winds of the Columbia River Gorge. As a windsurfer I’m also mindful of the diurnal nature of thermal wind: low in the morning, building during the day to a peak then decreasing to nothing as...
    • Mon, Jun 22 2009

    NRC Names Three New Resident Inspectors

    New Resident Inspectors named at Wolf Creek, Clumbia, and Vermont Yankee - By Stephen Heiser - The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has assigned Charles Peabody as the new resident inspector at the Wolf Creek nuclear plant in Burlington, Ks. The plant is operated by Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corp. “Charles Peabody’s technical and regulatory experience will assist the NRC in carrying out its mission...