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Energy Northwest's Columbia Reactor
Back at Full Power After Work

by Anupam Chatterjee
Reuters, November 17, 2014

A long robotic arm reaches down through 70-feet of water to move a spent nuclear fuel bundle inside the open core of the reactor at Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station during a shutdown for refueling and maintenance. Energy Northwest said on Monday its Columbia nuclear power plant in Washington is back at full capacity after it reduced power for maintenance.

The 1,097-megawatt plant was reduced to 88 percent power by early Monday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a report.


STATE: Washington
COUNTY: Benton
TOWN: Richland about 240 miles (390 km) east-southeast of Olympia, the state capital
OPERATOR: Energy Northwest OWNER(S): Energy Northwest
CAPACITY: 1,132 UNIT(S): General Electric boiling water reactor
FUEL: Nuclear
DISPATCH: Baseload
TIMELINE: 1975 - Washington Public Power Supply System (WPPSS) starts building Washington Nuclear Power Unit 2 - the only one of five planned reactors completed 1984 - Unit begins commercial operation 2012 - NRC renews the plant's operating license for an additional 20 years 2043 - License to expire unless renewed.

Anupam Chatterjee
Energy Northwest's Columbia Reactor Back at Full Power After Work
Reuters, November 17, 2014

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