Meetings today about Richland nuclear plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission plans two meetings today in Richland to hear public comments on Energy Northwest's proposed license renewal for its nuclear power plant near Richland.

A draft environmental impact study completed a month ago will be the focus.

It found no show-stoppers for the renewal of the Columbia Generating Station's current 40-year license for 20 more years, allowing it to operate through 2043.

Meetings are from 2 to 5 p.m. and repeated from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel, Richland. An hour before each starts, NRC staff will be available to answer questions.