KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) -- Washington Rep. Doc Hastings says he'll use his position as chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee to block any bills related to breaching lower Snake River dams.

Hastings says salmon runs are recovering under current management practices and dam breaching is the last resort.

The Tri-City Herald reports the Republican congressman was in the Tri-Cities Wednesday and spoke to the Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club.

Hastings says he's concerned that tearing down any Snake River dam puts every other dam at risk. Environmentalists favor removing dams to restore Snake River salmon runs.


Information from: Tri-City Herald,

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