By Nicholas K. Geranios
Associated Press 

It would cost billions to replace power lost from removing Snake River dams


SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Biden administration on July 12 released two reports arguing that removing dams on the lower Snake River may be needed to restore salmon runs to sustainable levels in the Pacific Northwest, and that replacing the energy created by the dams is possible but will cost $11 billion to $19 billion.

The reports were released by the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

“Business as usual will not restore salmon,’’ said Brenda Mallory, chair of the council. “The Columbia River system is the lifeblood of the Pacific Northwest.’’

If the four Snake River...

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