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Environmental Groups Sue Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council

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OLYMPIA, WA - (AP)Three environmental groups are suing a state agency over the impacts of the Northwest's only commercial nuclear power plant on the water quality of the Columbia River.

Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Northwest Environmental Advocates, and Columbia Riverkeeper will file the lawsuit Thursday in Thurston County against the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council.

The council issued the water pollution permit for Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station, which is located on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

The lawsuit contends the permit allows water pollution that violates state standards designed to protect public health, fish, and other aquatic species.

The Columbia Generating Station uses 20 million gallons of water from the Columbia River every day to cool the nuclear reactor.

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