Docket No. P-14861-002
Commission Staff prepared a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the licensing of FFP Project 101, LLC’s (applicant) 1,200-megawatt Goldendale Energy Storage Project No. 14861. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) participated as a cooperating agency to prepare the draft EIS.
FFP Project 101, LLC (applicant) filed an application for an original license on June 23, 2020, to construct and operate the closed-loop pumped storage project which would be located about 8 miles southeast of the City of Goldendale, Klickitat County, Washington, with transmission facilities extending into Sherman County, Oregon. The project would occupy 18.1 acres of federal land owned by the Corps and administered by the Bonneville Power Administration.
The primary issues associated with constructing and operating the project are: (1) soil erosion and fugitive dust during construction; (2) the effects of project construction on surface and ground water quality; (3) the effects of water withdrawal for the initial fill and make-up water on the downstream salmon migration; (4) the potential entrainment of salmon smolts when filling the reservoirs; (5) increased concentrations of dissolved solids, nutrients, and heavy metals in the reservoirs over time; (6) the loss of 193.6 acres of and temporary disturbance of 54.3 acres of wildlife habitat; (7) the increased risk of bird and bat mortality from wind turbine interactions caused by their attraction to the project reservoirs; (8) unavoidable adverse effects on five individual archaeological resources, the larger Columbia Hills Archaeological District, and three Traditional Cultural Properties (Pushpum, Nch’ima, and T’at’aliyapa), (9) the reduction in access to usual and accustomed plant gathering sites, and (10) changes in the aesthetic character of the landscape, particularly as it relates to Tribal cultural practices.
In the draft EIS, Commission staff recommended the staff alternative, which consists of issuing a license that includes the measures proposed by the applicant, as well as certain recommendations made by state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, and some staff-recommended modifications.
The deadline to comment on the draft EIS is June 6, 2023.