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Environmental law firm Earthjustice on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Oregon challenging the latest federal plan for hydropower operations on the Snake and Columbia rivers. Ten environmental and fishing organizations are listed as plaintiffs.

The current operating plan was created in response to a 2016 decision by the federal court in Portland invalidating the biological analysis underpinning a 10-year operations plan for the 14 federal dams and reservoirs in the system. It was the fifth consecutive analysis rejected by the courts since the 1990s.

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