Judge Extends Deadline
by Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. - A federal judge has given salmon advocates more time to file their responses to the Obama administration's new plan for saving salmon from the harm caused by Columbia Basin hydroelectric dams.
U.S. District Judge James Redden on Friday granted the state of Oregon's request to push the deadline back until Oct. 7.
NOAA Fisheries Service had revised the old Bush administration plan to include climate-change monitoring and the "last-resort" possibility of removing four dams on the lower Snake River in Eastern Washington.
Mike Carrier, Gov. Ted Kulongoski's policy director, says 2.5 weeks was just not enough time for biologists to analyze the plan.
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