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NWF and Nez Perce Tribe v. FERC, 801 F.2d 1505 (1986)

Congress' commitment to coordinated study and comprehensive planning along an entire river system before hydroelectric projects are authorized is a central feature of the Federal Power Act. The reasons advanced by FERC for not developing a comprehensive plan, not requiring permittees to conduct studies designed to provide data to measure cumulative impacts, not formulating uniform study guidelines, and not collecting baseline environmental data, had no discernible support in the record.

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