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[CU 1873 / October 19, 2018]
Lawsuit Victory Will Prompt Temperature Controls at Dams, Groups Say
The EPA has 60 days to comply with a judge’s order that will ultimately require dams and other sources that contribute to warming water in the Snake and Columbia rivers to control their temperature impacts. A federal judge in Seattle ruled that the EPA failed in its mandatory duty to issue a plan examining the sources of increased water temperature in the two rivers. Once that’s complete, Washington and Oregon can begin to develop solutions to address temperatures when they exceed safe levels for fish.
BPA IPR Makes ‘Meaningful Shift’ in Cost Curve Ahead of Rate Cases
BPA’s final projected program costs for the upcoming two-year rate period are $66 million lower per year compared to the current rate period, allocated as roughly $56 million from Power Services and $9.5 million from Transmission. These reductions are in addition to $77 million of inflation that was also absorbed.
BPA Calls for ‘More Science’ as Comments to Breach Dams Flood Task Force
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As a Washington governor’s task force meets to develop immediate recommendations to recover endangered killer whales, competing interests are pushing for a variety of actions, from dam breaching to temporarily closing fishing seasons to restricting whale-watching vessels. While the loudest voice is coming from groups pushing to tear out the four lower Snake River dams, those in charge of salmon recovery have cautioned against major actions that could have unintended consequences.
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