Apr 272012

Tear 'em down, he says in interview to be aired on Idaho Public TV

Retired federal judge James A. Redden, revered and reviled in the Pacific Northwest for his rulings on Columbia River dam operations, has told an interviewer for Idaho Public Television that the four Snake River dams should come down.

Said the former chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Oregon:

“I think we need to take those dams down … And I’ve never ordered them you know - or tried to order them that you’ve gotta take those dams down. But I have urged them to do some work on those dams…and they have.”

The story was first reported on EarthFix, a public media project operated by a number of radio and TV stations in the Northwest. The New York Times picked up on it today.

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