A special panel has rejected a whistleblower’s allegation that a federal agency press release was too positive in describing the benefits of removing dams from the Klamath River in Oregon and Northern California.
The panel report released Tuesday dealt with Paul Houser, who alleged that he was fired as scientific integrity officer for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation after complaining about the Interior Department press release.
The panel of scientists reported that the press release didn’t deviate from standard scientific practice at the department, and there was no scientific misconduct.
In December, the bureau and a group representing Houser said they had agreed to resolve the personnel issues in his complaint through mediation.
The department is considering whether to remove the four dams to help Klamath River wild salmon. Authorization for the Interior secretary to make the decision has stalled in Congress.
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