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The Columbia Generating Station (CGS), formerly known as WPPSS Nuclear Project #2


Mechanisms by which the plant can be closed:

  1. Ordered by BPA: According to the 1971 Project Agreement, section 15(c), that governs the ownership and operation of CGS, the Administrator of the Bonneville Power Authority  (BPA) has the power to direct the termination of CGS.

  2. By the Participants' Review Board, composed of nine members representing the 92 utilities participating in the Columbia Generating Station. This board reviews all Columbia purchases over $500,000, nuclear construction and Columbia annual budgets, fuel management plans and plans for refinancing.

  3. By vote of the Board of Energy Northwest.

What you can do:

The Seattle City Council passed a resolution instructing Seattle City Light to take a hard look at the operation of the Columbia Generating Station nuclear power plant (WPPSS-2). May 31, 2016

Write to your public utility. If your electric public utility is a member of Energy Northwest, write to the utility's board (for PUDs) or the mayor and city council (for municipal utilities) and ask that they use their position as plant owners to call for Energy Northwest to shut down the plant. Mention the leadership Seattle has shown (above).

See a list of utilities with an ownership share, and contact information.

After you have written, follow up with phone calls.

Write to your local newspaper, discussing the economic, earthquake, and plant design issues.

Contact the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), which by contract buys and resells all power produced by the nuclear plant.

Join our campaign: Contact us for volunteer opportunities and to let us know how you would like to participate.

Nuclear decommissioning costs rising worldwide

Decommissioning cost estimates have outpaced inflation fourfold since 1988. It will be cheaper to do it now than to wait. (Bloomberg News, 4/25/2016)

More on nuclear plant decommissioning


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