HRC comments on MMS' proposed rule

HRC commented on the final Environmental Impact Statement prepared by the Mineral Management Service (MMS) regarding establishment of a program for authorizing alternative energy and alternate use (AEAU) activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The Energy Policy Act of 2005 granted authority to MMS through the DOI to regulate energy production activities in the outer continental shelf. Such activities include hydrokinetic projects such as the wave energy, and ocean current energy.

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Sullivan Creek Project to require surrendering of application

Following a rehearing request by American Whitewater, Forest Service and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, FERC ruled that the license for this project in Pend Oreille county, WA is still valid. This ruling overturned the previous FERC decision that would have allowed the licensee to simply abandon the project.

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Montana dam breached to allow for toxic cleanup and removal

The Milltown dam at the confluence of Blackfoot and Clark Fork rivers, just upstream of Missoula, MT, had been accumulating toxic wastes from mining uprivers including arsenic, zinc, copper and other heavy metals, thus making it a superfund site. FERC decided to decommission the dam in January 2005 to clean up these toxic chemicals.

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American Rivers Seeks Proposals for River Restoration Projects

American Rivers is seeking proposals for projects that aim for restoration of diadromous fish through dam removal projects. Projects in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Northwest and California are eligible to apply for this funding made possible through the NOAA's Open Rivers Initiative.

According to American Rivers, in the first six years of the partnership with NOAA, this program provided more than $2 million to support 100 community-driven river restoration projects that have benefited diadromous fish populations and habitats throughout the country.

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