Proposed National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Reissuance
The Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council has received an application from Energy Northwest for reissuance of NPDES Permit No. WA-002515-1, for the Columbia Generating Station.
NPDES Permit WA-002515-1 is a wastewater discharge permit for the Energy Northwest Columbia Generating Station located on the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford
Site. Columbia Generating Station is a boiling water nuclear power reactor that has been in commercial operation since 1984. The plant discharges to the Columbia River
at Outfall 001. This reissuance also authorizes discharges to ground of process wastewater at Outfall 002 until the completion of Energy Northwest's evaporation pond,
which is anticipated to occur by July, 2014. The draft permit also removes Energy Northwest's authorization to discharge process wastewater to ground from Outfall 003.
Tentative Determination to Reissue Permit
A tentative determination has been made to reissue the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit, No. WA-002515-1, for the Energy Northwest
Columbia Generating Station (formerly WNP-2) for a period of five years beginning from the date of final adoption, subject to appropriate changes or adjustments as may
result from public comments, the public hearing record, or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) review. The tentative determination is based on a
draft permit that sets forth the 1) proposed effluent limitations; 2) schedules of compliance; and 3) other terms
and special conditions. Details about this determination are contained in a fact sheet describing the permit
conditions and any changes proposed for this facility.
Public Comments Invited
A fact sheet and draft permit are available for public and agency
review. Copies of the fact sheet and draft permit are on file in
the Council Office, located at 1300 S. Evergreen Park Drive SW
Olympia, Washington, and are available for inspection and copying
by any interested member of the public. Copies will also be mailed
to persons or agencies upon request. The fact sheet and permit are
also available in electronic format on EFSEC's web site (see above)
The Council invites interested persons to submit written comments
concerning the tentative determination to reissue the permit.
Written comments should be mailed to:
Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council
P.O. Box 47250
Olympia, WA 98504-7250
Comments may also be submitted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
All comments must be received by EFSEC no later than 5 pm on April 18, 2014.
The Council will consider all written comments submitted during
the comment period in formulating its final determination. The
Council's response to all significant comments will be available
A public hearing in this matter will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday March 6, 2014, at the Utilities and Transportation Commission Hearing Room,
1300 Evergreen Park Dr, Olympia WA.
Any person requesting to speak to the Council concerning this
tentative decision must file a request or petition
that indicates the interest of the party and identifies specific
concerns within thirty (30) days following the publication of this
notice. The hearing will be conducted in accordance with the
Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 34.05 Revised Code of
After the close of the comment period and after the public
hearing, the Council will consider the information before it, and
will reach a decision on reissuing the permit in such form as it
For additional information about this NPDES permit reissuance please contact EFSEC at email@example.com or via phone
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