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Fri., Feb. 25, 2011, 1:40 p.m.

Rep. Hastings vows to block breaching Snake River dams

The Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River is shown in July  2006.  (File Associated Press)
The Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River is shown in July 2006. (File Associated Press)

RIVERS -- Speaking to the  Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club on Wednesday, Congressman Doc Hastings, R-WA,  said he’ll use his position as chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee to block any bills related to breaching lower Snake River dams.

Hastings said salmon runs are recovering under current management practices and dam breaching is the last resort.

The Tri-City Herald reports Hastings as saying he’s concerned that tearing down any Snake River dam puts every other dam at risk.

Environmentalists favor removing dams to restore Snake River salmon runs.




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