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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
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.
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.