EPA Calls for Dam Removal on Montana' s FERC Project Milltown Dam

On April 15th, the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Montana jointly issued a proposed Superfund cleanup plan that calls for the removal of FERC project Milltown Dam. The action follows a local groundswell that ultimately turned the president and governor from opponents of dam removal into supporters.

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FERC publishes Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII) rule

FERC issued a new rule that restricts access to certain information about energy infrastructure that may pose national security concerns. (FERC calls this Critical Energy Infrastructure Information, or CEII).This rule replaces a previous (and similar) policy which was issued shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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Removal of Milltown Dam Earns Support of Montana Governor and EPA

At her State of the State speech on January 21st, Montana Governor Judy Martz announced her support for and approval of the removal of Milltown Dam located on the Clark Fork River in Montana. The next day, the Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed clean-up plan that endorsed the removal of both toxic sediment and the dam.

“ [T]onight, I am announcing that I am placing the full support of my office behind removal of the Milltown Dam,” Martz told a surprised audience and a thrilled citizenry.

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Portland General Electric to remove two hydroelectric dams in Oregon's Sandy River watershed

Portland, Ore. -- Gov. John Kitzhaber, Portland General Electric CEO and President Peggy Fowler and representatives of 21 other organizations today signed an agreement that will remove two dams, protect threatened fish species and lead to a 5,000-acre wildlife and public recreation area in the Sandy River Basin.

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