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Congressman holds hearing on hydropower dams

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PASCO, Wash. -- Hydropower dams were a hot topic Wednesday morning at the TRAC in Pasco.

Congressman Doc Hastings hosted a field hearing with the house natural resources committee to discuss the impact of dams on the local economy and the environment.

The legislation proposed by Congressman Hastings would protect dams from being torn down and promote future hydropower development.

Dam supporter Cheryl Woods tell us dams have benefited her farm, "we wouldn't be able to ship on the river, we'd have to truck everything out and either truck or rail and those are , it would cost us a lot higher than moving by barge."

Wheat farmer Bryan Jones opposes the congressman's bill saying people need to look at other option other than dams and hydropower, " there are other methods, ways of getting my grain to market that would work just as well. Rail is rapidly coming into, as rapidly as rail could come into any area."

Hastings says with D.C.'s focus on elections right now, he thinks it's unlikely congress will pass his bill.

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