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Outage Information > Columbia
March 11

​BHI Energy recently made changes to the payment method of per diem for eligible employees.  To assist you in understanding these changes, we have prepared the following answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you need further information or have any questions, please call the Payroll Department @ 800-225-0385

1)    If I already have Direct Deposit (DD) will my Per Diem (PD) automatically be deposited ?  YES
2)    Can I still elect to receive a “live” PD check?  PD is a non-taxable earning code on the weekly check.  It is no longer a separate check.  The entire check is paid either DD or live check, based on employee set up.
3)    Is travel expenses and/or travel day PD included as a DD?  For employees recruited out of the Piedmont SC office, travel is part of the weekly check (i.e., would be DD if employee is set up for DD).  For employees recruited out of the Weymouth MA office, travel continues to be a live check.  As we continue to streamline operations, we expect to have a consistent process by year end.
4)    Will cash advances be DDed?  Per Diem advances will continue to be a live check.
5)    Will bonuses/incentives be DDed ?  Bonuses will continue to be a live check.
6)    Can PD be DDed into a different account?  Employees are set up for one direct deposit account.  The entire check is DD into the one account in the employee record.  To ensure operational efficiency and reduced account maintenance and minimal direct deposit rejects, the limit is one account for DD.
7)    How will it appear on my stub?  The Per Diem is a separate non-taxable line item on the check.  The earning code (PD1) shows as a separate line on the check.  The number of days per diem, the per diem rate, and total amount shows on the check stub.
8)    Will my W-2 be any different?  The Per Diem will not show on the W2 earnings, as per diem is not taxable wages.
9)    Can I opt out of DD?  To delete DD, please email requesting to cancel DD.  Please include name and last 4 digits of SSN.

January 15
Welcome To Columbia Generating Station

Columbia Station 

 In-processing info Columbia 2019   


Note:   There is not a cafeteria available for inprocessing... limited vending machines....

Bring a lunch with you!   There will not be time to drive into town for lunch....

         Inside the PA there will be a limited cafeteria for the outage, this is a change from previous outages...

Some info for the Columbia outage this spring:    

Report to Building 184 on day 1 at 0630.

Follow the signs to the parking area.


Do not go to the plant!   There is a security checkpoint that you will not be allowed through.



Directions to the site:  Coming from Richland, you take Stevens Drive (aka bypass/Hanford hwy).  Drive north toward the Hanford DOE Site/Columbia Plant. At Mile Marker 16 you will see a sign for inprocesing, turn right and go about 1 mile, then go left (follow signs) this road weaves to the parking area for inprocessing.   Bldg 184 is down the hill, be careful walking, loose gravel and a jersey barrier to cross (use stairs and handrails!!!

On the same level as the parking area you will see several other buildings, one is for dressout training and a little south is Bldg 186.. This is where the RP training will be on your second day from 0600 to 1600

10 hour shifts for training... I am still working on a roll to shift schedule...


Once at Bldg 184 you check in with the staff at an available window…you will receive a folder with a traveler in it, maps, a handbook...please keep it as you will need it on site.  The traveler will list what you need to do… typically you will start with a PHQ check at the security window, Photo ID copy if needed, hand geometry, badge photo, etc...Then you can start CBT’s...these will vary with each technician, you will also have some things scheduled such as Occupational Health, Dosimetry, Fall Protection Practical, Dress Out, etc...not everyone will need everything.  Badges will be hung at the security window in Bldg 184, they will start to become available.

Once you are complete and have a badge, you can report to the Plant.

To get to the plant you return to Stevens Dr./Hanford Hwy and proceed NW to the Energy Northwest, Columbia plant access road...DO NOT SPEED...there is a security checkpoint, please be sure to check your vehicle for contraband prior to coming onsite...then make your way to parking and access the PA via the security access building.  Our Break trailer is 152.  (Shared with laborers.)

I will be around to provide guidance as needed.

Thank you...Barry Keele


January 15


Kennewick-Pasco-Richland Temporary Housing

1 Bedrooms 1 Bed/1 Bath 700-900sf
2 Bedrooms 2 Bed/1 Bath 900-1200sf
3 Bedrooms 3 Bed/2 Bath 1100-1500sf

Why Corporate Housing?
 Cheaper than a hotel
 Three times the square footage
 Up to three bedrooms
 Private Laundry
 No sales tax
 Full kitchen and amenities

Please reference the Columbia Generating Outage Project

June 19
Energy Northwest, Columbia Generating Station has a new EPHQ Process...

You will receive an email directly from Energy Northwest, with the appropriate PHQ per your last unescorted access, please follow the specific directions provided in the email & contact Energy Northwest Access Authorization with any questions.
Make sure to check any junk/spam folders.
If you do not receive a link for the PHQ at least a week prior to your report date email me! 
You must have this submitted prior to arrival.
June 19
Site Specific Information

Thank you for choosing Columbia Station Unit II spring refueling outage.
If you have a shift preference and job location let me know asap.
I cannot promise anything, but, will try to accomodate.
You also need to be flexible, you may be moved to various areas of the plant based on need... i.e. you may be assigned to the TG, but if the refuel floor needs help you will be sent there.  Ensure you bring in modesty/scrub's to wear under PC's.
We do not work a set 3 in 3 out, or similar schedule.. do not expect this to change.
· The outage is scheduled to begin May 11, 2019.    Layoffs may begin as early as the first week of June and may occur without much warning.

· The outage duration is approx. 32 days


· During the outage we will work six twelve’s (72 hours per week)

· Training:  If you encounter any problems, call or text me at:781-783-7051
Report time:  0630 at Bulding 184.  You get a folder at one of the windows and will be instrcted where to go.   Generally you will do a PHQ check, FFD if needed, photo and hand geometry.  You will be scheduled for a medical and scheduled for dosimetry.  In the CBT lab you will view a short welcome video and complete any CBT's.   Make sure you are not scheduled for anything on day 2 (see below)

There are signs on the road to the plant directing you to bldg 184.  You park and cross a set of stairs (over a Jersey Barrier) and walk down the path to bldg 184

On day 2 you will report to building 186, which is near 184 for RP procedures and various training classes.
We will start at 0600 on day 2.

The outage shifts will be: Days 06:00 to 18:00 and Night shift 18:00 to 06:00 ..there may be changes to this based on job assignments and early in's.

Smoking Policy: There have been no problems in the past, so please don't abuse. There are designated smoking areas onsite. You are allowed to go there on your break.

The state of Washington has recently passed a law on legalizing marijuana...although it is legalized in the state, it is still against the law & prohibited on the Energy Northwest-Columbia Generating Station property.  You will still be subject to & required to pass all required, scheduled or random drug & alcohol screenings.


Things to Bring to Columbia Generating Station:
Bring your HH from your previous BHI outage!
Identification - You will need a valid photo ID (driver’s license, Passport) and your social
security card or birth certificate.

Safety Equipment - ANSI Z75 steel toe safety shoes are not required. Leather, substantial upper and bottom sole shoes are required in the power block. Hard hats, safety glasses and modesty garments, scrubs, 2 sets, will be provided. You can come and go on site wearing your scrubs.

Things NOT to bring to Columbia Generating Station:
Any weapons, guns, knives, ammunition, personal defense spray, etc...the basic rule of thought should be followed:  if you think it could be an issue, don't bring it...

You will be given an HP Instrument multiple choice written Exam as part of your in-processing activities. Slides of various HP instruments are projected on a screen and you have to identify what the instrument is reading. Reivew the (click on "training material") training material for more information.
My email address onsite @ Columbia is:
My Email prior to arrival at Columbia is
This is the best way to contact me.
Please go through recruiters to be submitted.

Email me with any questions you may have

Thank You Barry Keele
Site Manager Columbia Station


January 01
RV Parks

Note:  RV parking is at a premium right now in the tri-cities area… Make reservations early if you can.


Horn Rapids – 866-557-9637                         Currently booked full, taking names for backup list

Moon River – 509-392-7127

Wright Desert Gold – 800-788-4653

Beach – 509-588-5959

Pasco KOA – 509-542-1357

Franklin County – 509-542-5982

RV Village – 509-967-9900

Columbia Sun – 855-833-3886

Tri Cities – 509-783-2513


Note:  There are also Mobile home parks that have RV hook-ups.. a couple in Benton City.. I drove through them and they seemed pretty full and a little sketchy…

There are some others in West Richland, Richland, and Kennewick that look OK.