3 Former NW Govs to Obama:
by Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Three former governors of Oregon, Idaho and Washington are urging the Obama administration to reject a Bush-era plan to save the region's salmon.
In their Tuesday letter, John Kitzhaber of Oregon, Cecil Andrus of Idaho and Mike Lowry of Washington hope to influence Obama's salmon policy.
His administration has until Aug. 14 to decide whether to defend, amend or ditch a plan put forward last year to run federal power-producing dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers without pushing imperiled salmon closer to extinction.
U.S. District Judge James Redden has hinted that the plan may not meet the requirements of the Endangered Species Act.
The three former governors tell the president the plan "is likely to be found illegal if you decide to support it" and they caution him against that course.
Information from: The Oregonian
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