Coalition testifies against a bad hydro discussion draft

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The Hydropower Reform Coalition went before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power yesterday to testify against a bad discussion draft that would shift the balance over management of water resources and strip federal agencies and states of their authorities to protect the resources they have the mandate of protecting.

If enacted, among other things, the bill would:

  • Remove state and federal agencies’ authorities under several statues such as the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Coastal Zone Management Act etc and give those authorities to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC);
  • Give FERC the authority to unilaterally change license conditions;
  • Give FERC the authority to reject license conditions or prescriptions from sister agencies;
  • Significantly weaken FERC’s ability to limit project-related impacts on shoreline lands; and
  • Allow hydropower projects under 5 MW capacity to operate without getting a federal license;

 

This bill would overturn many of our key regulatory frameworks and decades of hard work in improving environmental performance of hydropower dams.

Read the Coalition testimony here.