Interior Weighs In Against Mississippi River Hydro Project

Law360, New York (April 24, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday to deny a preliminary permit for a 125-megawatt hydropower project on the Mississippi River near St. Louis, citing its potential impact on certain endangered fish and river wildlife species.

The Mississippi River Chain of Rocks hydropower project, to be located upstream of the existing Chain of Rocks impoundment on the Mississippi River in Madison, Ill., will include a dam more than 3,000 feet long and a new 161-kilovolt transmission line roughly 9...
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