Visiting Energy Northwest

 

Welcome to Energy Northwest. We look forward to your visit with us. Please use this guide to help make your time at our facilities and in the Tri-Cities more enjoyable. In this guide you will find additional information about Energy Northwest as well as directions, what to do in case of an emergency and our policies.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a high-security area with a security checkpoint. Energy Northwest corporate and most other facilities are located in the vicinity of the Columbia Generating Station nuclear energy facility. Certain items are prohibited inside a 1.2 mile radius of Columbia. Please review the Policies section below - specifically, the Restricted Items section.

Directions to Columbia Generating Station from Pasco Airport
For a direct driving path to the site, take Exit 4. For Richland accommodations take I-182 west toward Richland to Exit 5B, George Washington Way. The mileage from the airport to Columbia is approximately 27 miles. The address is 76 North Power Plant Loop, Richland, WA 99354.

Directions to Energy/ Business Services / Multipurpose Facility (ENOC) from Pasco Airport
Take I-182 west toward Richland to Exit 5B, George Washington Way. Travel along George Washington Way for 5.4 miles. The building will be on your right. The address is 3000 George Washington Way, Richland, WA 99354.

Policies

Since our projects are operating electrical generation facilities, there are a number of safety rules and guidelines in place to ensure maximum benefit from your visit. All visitors must read and adhere to the following:

 

 Access

 

Each person must have some form of picture identification. For U.S. citizens, a valid driver’s license, or passport are all acceptable forms of identification to present upon arrival. All foreign nationals must have a valid passport with them.

 

 Clothing

 

Energy Northwest dress code is business casual.

If you will be entering a radiologically controlled area of Columbia Generating Station, additional clothing requirements follow. It is important that you wear natural fiber clothing rather than polyester or acrylic. These materials are typically found in the nylon in slips or windbreakers; acetates in coat linings; polyester or cotton/poly blends in slacks and shirts; women’s panty-hose; and wool/polyester blends in slacks and suits. Corduroy is also unacceptable. Examples of acceptable materials include; 100 percent cotton, wool, or denim, such as Dockers®. Shorts are not allowed.

 

 Shoes

 

Leather uppers are preferred for safety reasons. Tennis shoes, high heels, sandals and shoes with open toes or open heels are not allowed outside of Energy Northwest office areas, and never allowed on tours.

 
 

 Cameras and Cell Phones

 

​Cameras and cellular telephones are allowed at all our projects with the exception of Columbia Generating Station’s protected area due to heightened security. These items may be left in your vehicle, at your workstation or with your escort if you need to enter restricted areas.

 

 Restricted Items

 

Certain items are prohibited on all Energy Northwest property, and are a misdemeanor under Benton County Ordinance #225, which includes the parking lots and vehicles in those lots. Prohibited items include firearms, ammunition, explosive devices, incendiary devices, self-defense sprays (such as mace), alcoholic beverages, street drugs and non-prescription controlled drugs. Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications are allowed.  Pets, with the exception of services dogs, are also not allowed.

 

 Tobacco Use

 
Use of tobacco products is allowed only in Energy Northwest designated areas.

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