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HRC Opposes Weakening of Federal Environmental Review

The Hydropower Reform Coalition submitted comments on March 10, 2020 in opposition to proposed changes to the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  The Coalition’s comments state that the proposed new NEPA rule would make analysis worse and would harm the environment.

Analysis under NEPA is required whenever there is an action by a federal agency that may have impacts on the environment, including the issuance of permits and licenses.  The Trump administration’s Council on Environmental Quality issued the proposed new rule for NEPA in January 2020.

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https://www.hydroreform.org/sites/default/files/HRC_NEPA%20Comments_2020-03-10.pdf

Feds Undermine Clean Water Act Protections: American River Project Center Stage of National Precedent

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) recently ruled that California does not need to provide water quality certification for the Middle Fork American Hydroelectric Project (Middle Fork Project) in Placer and El Dorado counties, operated by Placer County Water Agency (PCWA).  This order effectively waives California’s authority to ensure water quality and environmental protections for hydropower operations.  Conservationists decried the loss of protection for local rivers and claim the precedent will limit the authority of states to implement and enforce the Clean Water Act nati

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https://www.hydroreform.org/sites/default/files/FERC%20PCWA%20401%20waiver%20press%20release.pdf

Hydropower Reform Coalition Opposes Another Trump Administration Attack on the Clean Water Act

The Hydropower Reform Coalition (HRC) has submitted extensive comments in opposition to the Trump Administration’s attack on Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.

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https://www.hydroreform.org/sites/default/files/2019-10-21.HRC_.401_Comments.pdf

Coalition opposes hydropower bills being considered by House Energy and Commerce, Energy Sub Committee

The Hydropower Reform Coalition opposes the hydropower bills and discussion drafts being considered by House Energy and Commerce Committee's Energy Subcommittee in a hearing today.

These bills  undo many of the checks and balances that have equitably balanced hydropower development with other uses of our public resources for 40 years. Specifically, one of the drafts- the Hydropower Policy Modernization Act- does the following:

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