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Griffith dam project bills pour through Congress

Staff report • Jun 30, 2018 at 5:30 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legislation sponsored by Virginia 9th District Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, to extend deadlines for the start of construction of hydroelectric projects at the Gathright Dam in Alleghany County and the Flannagan Dam in Dickenson County encountered no shut floodgates or diversions into forgotten backwaters of Congress, Griffith announced Friday.

“Hydropower is an important renewable energy asset, and the projects at the Gathright Dam and the Flannagan Dam will help power our communities,” Griffith said in a statement.

“Further, their construction will result in jobs and economic activity. I proposed legislation extending the deadline for them to begin, and these bills now go to President Trump’s desk for his signature. I look forward to the advancement of these hydroelectric projects, which will help develop the economic and energy potential of the Ninth District.”

H.R. 446 and H.R. 447, the bills extending deadlines for the Gathright Dam and the Flannagan Dam, respectively, passed the House of Representatives on June 12 and cleared the Senate on Friday.

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