Re: “Tacoma Power backs power grab” (letter, 6-28).
In his letter, American Rivers’ Michael Garrity mischaracterizes both the effort in Congress to modernize the hydropower licensing process as well as Tacoma Power’s engagement on this issue.
A number of bills introduced in Congress aim to better coordinate state and federal permitting, eliminate conflicting requirements, ensure timely decision-making, and promote transparency and accountability. The National Hydropower Association believes that this can be accomplished in a responsible and balanced manner that protects and preserves natural resources and environmental values. Industry remains open to discussion.
Relicensing existing hydropower projects can take up to 10 years. …