Yakama Nation and PacifiCorp file initial document to compete for license on mid-Columbia River dams

TOPPENISH, Wash., Oct. 29, 2001 – The Yakama Hydroelectric Project, LLC, comprised of the Yakama Nation and PacifiCorp, detailed today its plans for a competing license application for the Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams on the Columbia River in Central Washington.

In the filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Project’s initial consultation document describes how the competing license application will be developed over the next two years. The license, currently held by Grant County PUD No. 2, expires in 2005.

The consultation document invites the participation of all interested parties – federal and state resources agencies, tribal governments, advocacy organizations, local organizations and individuals – as Yakama Hydroelectric conducts studies and gathers information in preparing the application for submission in 2003.

Judi Johansen, Chief Executive Officer of PacifiCorp, said, “Our proposal demonstrates that the benefits of this valuable resource will be spread throughout the region.”

Lonnie Selam, chairman of the Yakama Nation Tribal Council, said, “This effort will show that it is possible to use the power of the Columbia River respectfully to produce electricity and still be good stewards of the ecosystems that sustain life and well-being in the Pacific Northwest.”

The Yakama Nation and PacifiCorp announced earlier this year they would compete for the licenses for the 1,993-megawatt Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams.

The full text of the initial consultation document, including an executive summary, can be found on the Web at www.yakamahydroproject.com. Hard copies of the document are available on request.

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