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House bill would punish foes of hydroelectric dams
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House bill would punish foes of hydroelectric dams

By Michael Doyle
McClatchy Newspapers
Published: Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 6A
Last Modified: Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 - 8:49 am
  • WASHINGTON – Hydropower dams would get a boost, while their skeptics would get punished, under a controversial new bill backed by Western conservatives in Congress.

    In a bit of tit for tat, the legislation introduced this month would strip federal funding from environmental groups that have challenged hydropower facilities in court over the past decade. The bill further would block federal money from being used to study or undertake dam removals, save for the rare occasion when Congress has authorized the action.

    "This bill would ... help eliminate government roadblocks and frivolous litigation that stifle development," Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., said in a statement when he introduced it.

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