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Idaho Power received water quality ­certifications from the states of Idaho and Oregon in its quest to ­relicense the Hells Canyon Complex, a step that the ­company is calling “a huge milestone” toward earning a new license to operate the three hydroelectric projects on the Snake River.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down a common practice in hydroelectric dam ­relicensing—the annual submitting and withdrawing of water quality certification applications in order to avoid a Clean Water Act rule that gives states one year to ­complete the process, or wa…

A top Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ­official approved Klamath River Renewal Corp.’s request to develop a “Plan B” for additional funding in case the cost of ­removing four dams and restoring the lower Klamath River exceeds the $450 million committed to the project.