Hydroelectric bill that skips environmental review passes the House

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill 265-154 on March 7 that gives small hydroelectric projects the ability to bypass environmental reviews.

According to the Aspen Times, the bill specifically allows hydropower development on existing, man-made Bureau of Reclamation water canals, ditches and pipes, and cuts the government’s involvement by streamlining the regulatory process and reduce administrative costs for developing projects.

The bill now heads to the Senate for a vote.

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