FERC Won't Back Wash. Dam In Fish Site Dispute

Law360, Los Angeles (May 18, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT) -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday declined to clear the way for a public utility district in the state of Washington to build an endangered species-related facility in an adjacent county as part of the 1,893-megawatt Priest Rapids Dam, calling the district's request premature.

A four-member panel of FERC commissioners declined a petition by Public Utility District No. 2 of Grant County, Wash., for an order declaring that the Federal Power Act preempts state and local authority with respect to the utility's fish protection measures....
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