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Columbia Generating Station license up for renewal

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RICHLAND, WA-The Columbia Generating Station's license is up for renewal.

Energy Northwest is asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for permission to keep the reactor up and running for another 20 years.

The only commercial nuclear power plant in the northwest went on line in 1984. Originally called WNP-2, the reactor was part of a plan to build five commercial nuclear power plants at Hanford. The project was scrapped after financial problems led to the largest defaulting on municipal bonds in United States history.

As part of the renewal process, Energy Northwest will hold two public meetings so you can learn more about the power plant. The first meeting is from five to eight p.m. Wednesday at the Pasco Red Lion.

Another meeting will be held 5-8 p.m. January 18 at the Red Lion in Richland.