Released On: October 02, 2009
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 four proposed alternatives in the Draft EA include: No Action; Third Powerplant Overhaul, and construction of a separate material storage building; Third Powerplant Overhaul with expansion of Third Powerplant for storage, and Third Powerplant Overhaul with expansion of the powerplant and construction of a separate material storage building.
A Draft EA is available for review, with the comment period ending on October 20. The document is available online at http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/wash/tpp/index.html and also at the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center located just downstream from Grand Coulee Dam.
Written comments can be sent to Jim Taylor, Natural Resource Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise ID 83706-1234. He can be reached at (208) 378-5081 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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