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Huffman won't back Sonoma's call to investigate oyster farm closure

Rep. Jared Huffman said Wednesday he is rejecting the city of Sonoma's request that he support a congressional investigation into the federal government's decision to close an oyster farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Huffman, D-San Rafael, whose district includes the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. near Inverness but not the town of Sonoma, challenged three of the assumptions contained in a resolution adopted Monday night that supports the oyster farm.

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The resolution "seemed to presume" there was a "clear-cut case of scientific misconduct," Huffman said, involved in former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's decision in November not to renew the permit for the farm that harvests $1.5 million worth of oysters a year from Drakes Estero.

Farm operator Kevin Lunny is challenging Salazar's decision in the federal courts.

The resolution also said there was "bipartisan support" for an inquiry launched in April by Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington, the Republican chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.


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