© 2024 Boise State Public Radio
NPR in Idaho
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Pacific Rivers And Idaho Rivers United File Petition Challenging Clean Water Act Certification

Bonnie Moreland/ Flickr Creative Commons

This week, Pacific Rivers and Idaho Rivers United filed a petition challenging the way power is harnessed at theHells Canyon complex. The groups claim the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, or DEQ, did not meet requirements when they gave certification to Idaho Power.


Idaho Power is seeking a 50-year license for the dams. Hells Canyon is on a state line, meaning both the Oregon and Idaho DEQs must give certifications for the utility to license their dams. 

Kevin Lewis with Idaho Rivers United says there are multiple violations — including temperature, mercury and fish migration — that this certification ignored. These violations, says Lewis, can’t wait any longer to be addressed. 

“It will be a 50-year license and we think we shouldn’t be kicking the can down the road for 50 more years before we even start talking about this", says Lewis. "This is something we need to address sooner than 50 years from now.” 

These claims will be heard by the Oregon State Court.

For more local news, follow the KBSX newsroom on Twitter @KBSX915

Copyright 2019 Boise State Public Radio


You make stories like this possible.

The biggest portion of Boise State Public Radio's funding comes from readers like you who value fact-based journalism and trustworthy information.

Your donation today helps make our local reporting free for our entire community.