Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Merkley bill authorizing dam removal faces opposition in Congress and budget challenged California.
U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's announcement on Feb. 27 that he would not be able to determine the project's feasibility by a March 31 deadline shows that plenty of obstacles remain - at the federal, state and local levels.
Salazar mainly blamed Congress' lack of movement on a bill by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., that would authorize the $1.1 billion dam removal and environmental restoration project, which would include $536 million in new federal funds..
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