Reclamation Prepares EA on Proposed Grand Coulee Third Powerplant Overhaul

Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 378-5212
Lynne Brougher, (509) 633-9503

For Release: February 27, 2009

The Bureau of Reclamation is accepting public comments in preparation of an Environmental Assessment for the proposed Grand Coulee Third Powerplant overhaul aimed at replacing outdated components at the facility.

The six generating units that comprise the Third Powerplant have been in service since the mid 1970s and are starting to have problems stemming from age-related wear on the principle components which have resulted in increased power outages and reduced reliability. The proposed overhaul will ensure continued operation and allow Reclamation to provide a reliable source of hydroelectric power.

The three proposed alternatives in the Environmental Assessment include: No Action; Third Powerplant Overhaul and Separate Material Storage Building; and Third Powerplant Overhaul with Expansion of Third Powerplant for Storage.

A draft EA is scheduled to be available for public review by August of 2009. The public comment period is February 27-March 27, 2009. The final EA is scheduled for completion in November of 2009. Written comments can be sent to Jim Taylor, Natural Resource Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise ID 83706-1234

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