Idaho Power Offers to Negotiate
by Associated Press
BOISE -- Idaho Power is offering to negotiate changes in its Hells Canyon complex operations to resolve concerns over salmon and steelhead impacts.
Attorney James Tucker says the state's largest utility realizes the obstacles in the way of any successful negotiation but is committed to make a good faith effort.
The offer was made during a meeting this week with federal regulators, who have been directed by the courts to consult with experts on the impact Hells Canyon has on the fish.
The utility's federal license to operate the complex expires next year.
Environmental and other groups are leery of the offer.
They've had problems trying to cooperate with Idaho Power on relicensing the dams in the past. But they've indicated a willingness to listen.
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