Oregon: Deadline for Fish-Run Plan Is Delayed
by Associated Press
New York Times, February 1, 2008
A federal judge in Portland has postponed for a second time a deadline for a plan that meets his standards for balancing operations of Columbia River Basin dams with threatened or endangered fish runs. At a December hearing the judge, James A. Redden of Federal District Court, moved the deadline for a third biological opinion to March 18 from March 1 but threatened unspecified consequences if he rejected it. On Tuesday he extended it to May 5, said Brian Gorman, spokesman for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Fisheries in Seattle. Judge Redden has thrown out two opinions as inadequate and wrote in December that a draft of a third effort looked little better.
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