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News Analysis

Fortnightly Magazine - November 1 1999

Fortnightly.

We'll Go Quietly, Says NPPC

Northwest Power Planning Council supports governors' plan for its own demise.

On Sept. 17, the same day Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber urged replacement of the NPPC with a new body whose expanded membership would have authority for both environmental restoration and power production, the NPPC released a statement backing the proposal.

"We heartily support strengthening [the council's] regional voice with greater decision-making authority," Todd Maddock, chairman of the NPPC, said in press materials.

Said Maddock, "We agree with the governors that a regional entity with greater authority and responsibility than the Council now enjoys has the best chance of developing and implementing a long-term plan to recover fish and wildlife, comply with the Endangered Species Act and preserve the benefits of the low-cost Columbia River power system for the people of the Northwest."

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