Corzine wants review before Delaware dredging

October 26, 2009 12:50:08 PM PDT
New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine says he is disappointed that the Army Corps of Engineers plans to go ahead with plans to dredge the Delaware River shipping channel without obtaining state permits. Corzine said Monday that he has directed Attorney General Anne Milgram to prepare legal action to stop the work unless the Army Corps allows the environmental review process to be completed.

The Army Corps wants to deepen the river channel from Philadelphia to the mouth of the Delaware Bay so the ports can accommodate larger ships.

Opponents fear the dredging will stir up toxic sediment and harm water quality.

Last week, the Army Corps notified state officials that it intends to start work by December or January, citing federal authority to maintain navigation.

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