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Hydropower, dam-saving bill focus of public hearing Aug. 15

PASCO - The Natural Resources Committee will hold a legislative field hearing in Pasco, on H.R. 6247, the Saving Our Dams and New Hydropower Development and Jobs Act.

The bill, introduced this week by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, if enacted would protect and promote hydropower resources by ending practices that diminish existing hydropower, cutting regulatory red-tape, generating new non-federal funding for new projects and improving transparency.

"Nowhere in the country is hydropower more important than in Washington state, where thousands of American families benefit from its clean, low-cost renewable energy," said the Fourth District Congressman.

"Hydropower dams also provide irrigation and a navigation link for one of the most productive agricultural areas in the nation. Unfortunately, existing hydropower generation is under attack from government red-tape and endless litigation, which prevents the job creation and economic growth opportunities that come with the expansion of new hydropower," Hastings added.

"This field hearing will provide an opportunity to hear directly from local stakeholders about the importance and value of protecting our existing dams and the benefits to our economy and job creation of developing new hydropower."

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 15, beginning at 9 a.m. The meeting is set to be held at the TRAC Center, room #2, located at 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco.

The hearing is also available to the public via a live video stream at http://naturalresources.house.gov/live.

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