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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • On May 25, 2012, Thomas P. Schlosser, attorney for the Hoopa Valley tribe, filed a petition with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the Hoopa Valley tribe for a declaratory order that PacifiCorp failed to pursue re-licensing of the Klamath Project and ordering PacifiCorp to file a plan for decommissioning of project facilities.
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  • On May 25, 2012, Thomas P. Schlosser, attorney for the Hoopa Valley tribe, filed a petition with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the Hoopa Valley tribe for a declaratory order that PacifiCorp failed to pursue re-licensing of the Klamath Project and ordering PacifiCorp to file a plan for decommissioning of project facilities.
    The request included a finding that the California Water Resources Control Board and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality failed to act on PacifiCorp's applications for water-quality certification, first filed in 2006, within the one-year time limit required under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act and waived their certification authority.
    It has been 11 months since the filing of the petition. Yet FERC has not acted on the petition. The inaction on the part of the commission is a dereliction of its authority to enforce a requirement to construct a clear passage for endangered species through the dammed portions of the Klamath River, or decommissioning and removing the dams.
    It's time for FERC to assert its regulatory function and act on the petition. — John M. Sully, Ashland
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