Workers Rush to Reopen Plantby Staff
Spokesman-Review, August 8, 2009
YAKIMA - Crews were set to work through the weekend to clean up and repair damage caused by a fire at the Northwest's only commercial nuclear power plant, which is losing power sales estimated at $800,000 a day, officials said.
The shutdown after Wednesday's fire at the Columbia Generating Station in Richland hasn't resulted in an electricity shortage in the region, thanks to recent cool weather following a week of record high temperatures.
Energy Northwest, a public power consortium, was formed as a Joint Operating Agency in 1957 to provide low-cost power for its publicly owned utility members.
The electricity is distributed through the Bonneville Power Administration.
BPA estimates the value of the lost power that could be generated at $800,000 a day at current power prices, spokesman Michael Milstein said.
The plant will remain offline until an investigation and all repairs have been completed. A spokesman declined to speculate how long that might take.
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