Hydropower Bill Backers Want 'Absurd' NEPA Rules Nixed

Law360, New York (March 6, 2012, 6:47 PM EST) -- House Republicans on Tuesday blasted Democratic opposition to a bill that would waive "absurd" environmental regulations in an effort to allow small hydroelectric generators to be installed in pre-existing pipelines and canals, accusing opponents of contradicting their own environmental values.

Republicans touted the legislation — the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act of 2012 — as a common-sense initiative that would authorize all of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation conduit facilities for hydropower projects and make thousands...
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