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Conservationists, federal agencies spar over salmon
PORTLAND — Conservationists
and the federal government argued in court Wednesday
over whether the federal government is responsible
for the threatened and endangered salmon that die
making their way past hydroelectric dams on the
Columbia and Snake rivers.
In their rebuttal in
U.S. District Court in Portland, the U.S. Justice
Department argued that the federal agencies which
control the 14 dams dissecting the Columbia and
Snake Rivers cannot be held responsible for the
existence of the dams, which predate the passage of
the Endangered Species Act.
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