NJ suspends program to build subway reefs

February 7, 2009 1:23:42 PM PST
The state has suspended a program to create an artificial fishing reef off Atlantic City by sinking old New York City subway cars underwater. State officials say an initial batch of about 100 cars that have been sunk so far are showing "unusual damage."

The 35,000-pound cars were supposed to maintain 90 percent of their structural integrity after 30 years.

State Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Darlene Yuhas tells the Press of Atlantic City that the cars are deteriorating at a faster rate than anticipated. State officials want to find out why before sinking any more cars.

The agency oversees the 15 artificial reefs from Cape May to Sandy Hook.

The controversial program has been opposed by some environmental groups.

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City, http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com

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