PacifiCorp, counties reach tentative agreement on Condit Dam removal

Representatives of PacifiCorp, Klickitat County and Skamania County have announced a tentative agreement concerning decommissioning of the 14.7-MW Condit Hydroelectric Project located on the White Salmon River in southwestern Washington, PacifiCorp reported.

In return for various terms from PacifiCorp, the counties will not oppose the decommissioning of the project, a press release states.

Under general terms of the agreement, approved by the Klickitat County Board of Commissioners on Nov. 9, and scheduled for consideration by Skamania County on Nov. 16, PacifiCorp will pay the counties $675,000 to offset decommissioning impacts to the local community, transfer the project’s hydroelectric water right to Klickitat County and complete measures to protect the structural integrity of Northwestern Lake Bridge.

In return, the counties will not oppose PacifiCorp’s efforts to remove Condit Dam and associated facilities as proposed by PacifiCorp; complete noxious weed control in the project area after decommissioning; and, work with PacifiCorp to implement a public safety plan during the decommissioning project.

The next step is to obtain a Section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which the company originally applied for in July 2004. PacifiCorp is also awaiting a surrender order from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission which will finalize removal specifications and resource management plans. The company is also in the final phases of contracting for the demolition work.

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