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Finally reaching a decision on an issue that has long been politically charged in the Pacific Northwest

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Finally reaching a decision on an issue that has long been politically charged in the Pacific Northwest, politicians decided to postpone by at least five years an ambitious plan to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish, instead of which they proposed a series of smaller steps, by which they intend to protect the fish.
A. politicians decided to postpone by at least five years an ambitious plan to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish, instead of which they proposed a series of smaller steps, by which they intend
B. politicians decided to postpone by at least five years an ambitious plan to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish, proposing instead a series of smaller steps intended
C. politicians decided to postpone by at least five years an ambitious plan for protecting wild salmon and other endangered fish, and instead they proposed a series of smaller steps, intending
D. an ambitious plan to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish was postponed by politicians, who instead proposed a series of smaller steps, intending
E. an ambitious plan to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish has been postponed by politicians, proposing instead a series of smaller steps intended 

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Vineet-Singh
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If you apply POE, you can easily eliminate A,D,E

The biggest issue with choice C is that of meaning. The use of "comma + ing" (intending) seems to imply that politicians themselves are intending to protect the fish. Instead, the steps are intended to protect the fish. Second issue will be apparent if you look at the non underlined part "to protect the fish", which would require a parallel element in the form of "to protect" and not "for protecting". Hence choice B is correct!

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