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News Release - 1/22/2001

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on January 22, 2001.

The Commissioners authorized the acceptance of all work performed by Osmose, Inc. during the second year of a two-year contract for pole testing, treating, and physical inventory. All work required under the agreement has been completed, inspected, and found to be in compliance with the specifications. The total price for the second year of this contract amounted to $144,786.02.

The Commission also reviewed the remarks of Dr. Robert Clubb, Chief of Environmental and Regulatory Services for Douglas PUD, that were presented before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hearing on January 17, 2001. In those remarks, Dr. Clubb stated that the relicensing process is far too time consuming, is tremendously costly, and lacks balancing of mandatory conditions placed on projects by resource agencies. He stated further that the alternative licensing process could only work if all parties are committed to the balance of competing interests in a fair and responsible manner. “Legislation is necessary in addition to administration streamlining in order to reform the hydroelectric licensing process to a manner that is satisfactory to most stakeholders”, he concluded.