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Energy NW waiting for license renewal

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NEAR RICHLAND, Wash.—Energy Northwest's license to produce nuclear power is up for debate, but it may result in their favor. 

Since January 2010 Energy Northwest has been waiting to hear whether or not their license will be renewed.  Now more than a year and a half later, the United States Nuclear Regulator Commission has reviewed their application and has come to a preliminary conclusion.

The environmental report states there are no environmental impacts that would keep them from approving a 20-year extension for the Columbia Generating Station.  To come to this conclusion, the NRC looked at land use, air and water quality, talked with local tribes, and researched other alternatives.

"Say if the plant were shut down and replaced with a natural gas fired plant what would those impacts be?  Another alternative was a combination that included a smaller natural gas fired plant, some energy conservation programs and hydro power component and a wind power component," Daniel Doyle, NRC project manager.

The NRC is asking for your opinion on the issue.  Two meetings will be open to the public.  Tuesday September 27th at the Red Lion Hotel on George Washington Way in Richland at 2pm and 7pm.

A final decision is expected June 2012.