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Sep 28, 2011 18:24
Category: General News

Nuclear Plant Outage

     RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - The only nuclear power plant in
Washington is back online after a long outage for refueling and
equipment upgrades.
     The Tri-City Herald reports (http://bit.ly/oEYJ8R ) the Columbia
Generating Station reconnected Tuesday to the Northwest power grid.
     The Energy Northwest nuclear plant near Richland was expected to
be off line for about 80 days when the outage began April 6. The
outage lasted more than twice as long because of problems replacing
the condenser, which turns turbine steam back into water for
     The plant generates enough electricity for about 1 million
homes. That power is valued at more than $1 million a day.
     The 26-year-old nuclear plant accounts for about 3 percent of
region's power supply through the Bonneville Power Administration.