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Snoqualmie Tribe battling state over power plant

The Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington lost a decision to stop the state from issuing a long-term license for two hydroelectric power plants.

The state's Pollution Control Hearings Board agreed that Snoqualmie Falls is a sacred site. But the board said the tribe's use of the falls doesn't qualify as a "beneficial" use protected under state law.

The decision means Puget Sound Energy is closer to getting the long-term license. The tribe can appeal the decision.

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Power plants at falls win ruling; Snoqualmies have 10 days to appeal (The Seattle Times 4/8)