9th Circ. Says Corps Properly OK'd Wash. Hydropower Upgrade

Law360, New York (June 26, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers scored a victory Tuesday as a federal appeals court ruled that the agency had followed proper permitting procedures in approving renovations to a Puget Sound Energy Inc. hydroelectric plant along the Snoqualmie River in Washington.

Rejecting arguments by the Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance, the Ninth Circuit said Puget Sound’s proposed dredging and widening of the river’s channel was allowed under a series of preapproved nationwide general permits, or NWPs, that allow certain pollution discharges, and that the corps did not...
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