Satsop tunnels to be used for rescue training



ELMA, Wash. (AP) — Ever since the builders of the two Satsop nuclear power plants ran out of money and abandoned the project in 1983, businesses have been finding ways to use the site near Elma.

The latest project for the Satsop Development Park is to use the 12-foot diameter pipes that were installed to run water to the twin cooling towers. The park’s Stan Ratcliff tells KBKW the tunnels will be used to train Seattle firefighters in rescue techniques.

Firefighters would be prepared for accidents that could occur in Sound Transit tunnels or digging the tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

The Satsop Business Park’s board of directors recently voted to spend $250,000 to prepare the tunnel rescue training facility. It should be ready by the end of the year.


Information from: KBKW-AM,