Alabama Power Dams
4:32 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Groups Seek Reconsideration Of Alabama Power Dams

Two groups are asking a federal agency to reconsider the license renewal for Alabama Power's seven dams on the Coosa River.
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Two groups have asked a federal agency to reconsider the license renewal for Alabama Power's seven dams on the Coosa River.


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Alabama Power's new license last month. The Alabama Rivers Alliance and American Rivers say more study is needed. Alabama Rivers Alliance program director Mitch Reid says the renewal was a bad decision based on bad data. The two groups are being represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.


Alabama Power spokesman Brandon Glover says the decision came after 250 public meetings, and it incorporated extensive species and habitat protection.


Reid says FERC rarely rehears license cases, but it is important to try because the decision could have a 30-year impact.