Olympic National Park: Entrepreneur proposes power plant

A former Port Angeles resident has proposed building a small hydroelectric plant in the Seven Lakes Basin of Olympic National Park.

John Worthington of Seattle has applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a license for water storage and water use for hydroelectricity in the Seven Lakes Basin, below Bogachiel Peak in the national park.

“The project uses modern plumbing to do what is being done up in British Columbia and Alaska. It is more environmentally safe than burning oil or coal,” he said.

A meeting to explain the project is set for noon Aug. 9 in the Hoh River Tribal Center, 2464 Lower Hoh Road, Forks.

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