columbia generating station http://nwpr.org en Nuclear Power Plant Safety Report http://nwpr.org/post/nuclear-power-plant-safety-report <p>A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists says the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant reported three safety problems in 2013. Officials at the plant say they’ve been on top of the issues.</p><p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 01:19:35 +0000 Courtney Flatt 42462 at http://nwpr.org Nuclear Power Plant Safety Report Numbers Debate Rages Over Northwest Nuclear Plant http://nwpr.org/post/numbers-debate-rages-over-northwest-nuclear-plant <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/121913AK_Columbiagenerating_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>There’s a new debate raging over the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant. But it’s not about safety or how to dispose of nuclear waste.<p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:45:44 +0000 Anna King 38981 at http://nwpr.org Numbers Debate Rages Over Northwest Nuclear Plant Northwest Nuclear Plant Scores Higher Safety Rating http://nwpr.org/post/northwest-nuclear-plant-scores-higher-safety-rating <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/051513AK_Nukeplant_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Federal regulators say the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant is now back on course after an 11-year safety miscalculation. The new designation means the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington gets a more relaxed inspection and oversight status.<p>Between 2000 and 2011, workers at the nuclear plant used faulty estimates for how much radiation could escape during a crisis. Wed, 15 May 2013 23:30:15 +0000 Anna King 27609 at http://nwpr.org Northwest Nuclear Plant Scores Higher Safety Rating Gov. Chris Gregoire Visits Southcentral Washington’s Nuke Plant To Celebrate Its Relicensing http://nwpr.org/post/gov-chris-gregoire-visits-southcentral-washington-s-nuke-plant-celebrate-its-relicensing <p>Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is celebrating the new license that allows the Columbia Generating Station to run for another 20 years. She spoke at a ceremony to hundreds of the plant&rsquo;s employees Thursday. The southcentral Washington reactor is run by Energy Northwest. It&rsquo;s the only commercial nuclear power plant in the Northwest. Gregoire says the Columbia Generating Station has little to do with the Hanford Nuclear Reservation&rsquo;s legacy of waste. Thu, 24 May 2012 23:59:00 +0000 Anna King 8902 at http://nwpr.org Gov. Chris Gregoire Visits Southcentral Washington’s Nuke Plant To Celebrate Its Relicensing Northwest's Only Commercial Nuclear Plant Celebrates Relicensing http://nwpr.org/post/northwests-only-commercial-nuclear-plant-celebrates-relicensing <p>Hundreds of employees of the Northwest&rsquo;s only commercial nuclear power plant celebrated Thursday. The Columbia Generating Station now is licensed to run for another 20 years. Correspondent Anna King was there.</p><p>The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the new 20 year license. That means the plant in southeast Washington will send up plumes of steam, visible for long distances across the desert until 2043. It took employees 5 years to finish the application process. Carl Adrian heads the Tri-City Development Council. He says the plant is an important employer here, but it&rsquo;s more than that. Thu, 24 May 2012 23:19:42 +0000 Anna King 8899 at http://nwpr.org Northwest's Only Commercial Nuclear Plant Celebrates Relicensing Columbia Generating Station Re-licensed To Run For Another 20 Years http://nwpr.org/post/columbia-generating-station-re-licensed-run-another-20-years <p>The Northwest&rsquo;s only commercial nuclear power plant appears to have won permission to operate for another 20 years. That&rsquo;s the word Friday from Energy Northwest, which operates the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington. Fri, 18 May 2012 23:02:57 +0000 Anna King 8578 at http://nwpr.org Columbia Generating Station Re-licensed To Run For Another 20 Years Energy Northwest Nuclear Plant Nears Completion Of License Renewal http://nwpr.org/post/energy-northwest-nuclear-plant-nears-completion-license-renewal <p>RICHLAND, Wash. &ndash; The Northwest&rsquo;s only commercial nuclear reactor has received its final safety evaluation report from the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. That&rsquo;s an important milestone in the effort to re-license the reactor for an additional 20 years near Richland, Washington. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 01:17:09 +0000 Anna King 4064 at http://nwpr.org Energy Northwest Nuclear Plant Nears Completion Of License Renewal