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Goldendale Energy Storage Project

Draft Environmental Impact Statement

June 6, 2022 - Aug. 9, 2022, 11:59 p.m.

We invite you to comment on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Goldendale Energy Storage Project.

Free Flow Power 101, LLC proposes to build a water storage system that releases water from an upper reservoir downhill to a lower reservoir to generate energy. The power produced would be provided to the electrical grid at the nearby John Day Substation, in Oregon, when other renewable sources, like wind and solar, are unavailable.

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not a decision and does not determine whether the project moves forward. It identifies the project's impacts to both the natural environment, nearby communities, and Tribes through study of air quality, plant and animal habitat, transportation, water resources, water quality, and cultural resources. It is used as support when decisions are made on permits that would be needed to build and operate the project.

Key findings

The study determined that the project would result in significant impacts to:

  • Terrestrial species and habitats, and proposes mitigation.
  • Tribal and cultural resources. To date, no mitigation has been identified that would reduce the significant impacts to Tribes.

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This review is done under SEPA, the State Environmental Policy Act.

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Sage Park, Attn: Goldendale Energy DEIS
Department of Ecology
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, WA 98903-0009
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Meg Bommarito
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meg.bommarito@ecy.wa.gov
425-681-6236

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