Energy Northwest Columbia Generating Station
Benton County Emergency Management, in coordination with Franklin and Grant Counties, the state of Washington and Energy Northwest, has developed plans to respond in the unlikely event of an accident at the Columbia Generating Station (CGS). CGS is the Northwest's only commercial nuclear power plant and is owned and operated by Energy Northwest. The plans are designed to help protect nearby residents, specifically those living within the Emergency Planning Zones (EPZ) around the nuclear plant.
Who Is At Risk?
An accident at the Columbia Generating Station involving the release of radioactive material into the surrounding community is very unlikely. However, plans are in place to protect nearby residents.
This map shows the designated Emergency Planning Zones (EPZ) around the nuclear plant. (Click on map to see larger image)
The following Emergency Planning Zones are in Benton County:
In An Emergency
If there is an accidental release of radioactive material from the Columbia Generating Station, nearby residents will be warned in a number of ways.
Click here for more on how residents will be notified.
What Do I Do?
If you live within the Emergency Planning Zones, you may be asked to take action during an emergency.
Click here for detailed information.
Each year, local emergency officials provide a calendar with emergency instruction in both English and Spanish to all residents living within the Columbia Generating Station's Emergency Planning Zones. The calendar contains important emergency information about what steps to take to protect yourself and your family if there is an accident at CGS. If you live in one of the CGS EPZ and haven't received the current year's calendar, contact us at 628-2600.
To find out more about Columbia Generating Station and nuclear energy, follow these links:
Radiological Emergency Information for Farmers, Food Processors and Distributors