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Projects 3 and 5 were partially completed nuclear projects located on the Satsop Site on approximately 1600 acres near Elma, Washington, in Grays Harbor County.

The Washington Public Power Supply System filed an application for the construction and operation of the twin 3 and 5 projects in December 1973.

WNP-3: Construction began on WNP-3 in 1977. The project was jointly owned, 70% by the Supply System (BPA acquired the Supply System's ownership share of Project 3 through a net billing agreement); and 30% by four investor-owned utilities (Pacific Power & Light, Portland General Electric, Puget Sound Power & light, and Washington Water Power).

The Supply System discontinued construction in July 1983. At the time construction was halted, the project was about 76% complete and just about to make the transition from the primary construction phase to testing, startup, and operations. WNP-3 entered into a preservation program that was designed to preserve the equipment and construction licenses so that the plants could be restarted at some future date if the region decided they were needed.

On May 13, 1994, the Supply System board adopted resolutions terminating Nuclear Projects 1 and 3.

In March 1995, the Supply System submitted a Site Restoration Plan to EFSEC pursuant to the Council's site restoration regulations for terminated projects. On June 12, 1995, the Council approved the Supply System's Plan for restoration of the 1, 3, 4, and 5 project sites.

Also affecting the future of the Satsop Site, was a plan developed by Grays Harbor County interests to use the site for economic development purposes. In 1995, a group of county agencies formed the Satsop Redevelopment Project to examine the potential for economic and industrial business opportunities at the site. The group was instrumental in getting legislation passed in 1996 that enabled local governments and the Supply System to negotiate an arrangement allowing the locals to assume an interest in the site for economic development by transferring ownership of all or a portion of the site to local government entities. The legislation also provided for local government to assume regulatory responsibilities for site restoration requirements and control of water rights.

WNP-5: Construction began in 1977. On January 22, 1982 the Supply System board terminated Project 5 when it was 16% complete.
In 1996, the state legislature approved the transfer of the Satsop Site to the Grays Harbor Public Development Authority. Recently the Satsop Site has undergone industrial development, however the unfinished nuclear power plant structures have not been removed.

The Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council no longer has any regulatory authority over the WNP-3/5 infrastructure at the Satsop Site.

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