Administration Proposes Salmon 'Insurance Policy'

Law360, New York (September 16, 2009, 2:24 PM EDT) -- The Obama administration has proposed an "insurance policy" for endangered salmon that are allegedly threatened by four hydroelectric dams in Washington state by promising to take steps to protect the fish if the populations drop significantly — a move that provoked immediate criticism from environmentalists.

The review of the Bush administration's 2008 biological opinion from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries makes the new leadership's first foray into the litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Washington, which dates back to 2001....
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