Judge Says Salmon Protection Plan Still Needs Work

Law360, New York (August 3, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT) -- An Oregon federal judge on Tuesday shot down the Obama administration's revisions to its 2010 plan to protect salmon purportedly endangered by hydroelectric dams, saying the plan would not adequately protect the fish in the coming years.

In partially granting the National Wildlife Federation's motion for summary judgment in its long-running suit against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. District Judge James Redden deemed the agency's biological opinion insufficient under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.

Under Section 7, the Federal...
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