Maloney sponsors bill to slow Hudson River anchorage proposals
Jul 26, 2017 12:04 am
The Mid-Hudson News reports that Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who represents the Hudson Valley's 18th District south of the WGXC listening area, sponsored the Anchorages Away Act. That bill passed the U.S. House last week and would slow the Coast Guard's efforts to set up several proposed commercial anchorages on the Hudson River. If the legislation passes the Senate and is signed by the president, the Coast Guard would have to submit a report to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the impacts of the anchorages on existing superfund sites and habitats of endangered species, as well as the Coast Guard’s response to those concerns, within 180 days. The bill prohibits the proposed anchorages from being established between Yonkers and Kingston until another 180 days after the report's completion. “The original proposal is effectively dead, but I want to make sure it stays dead and buried,” Maloney said. The Coast Guard wanted to set up anchorages for large barges on the Hudson River, but that proposal fizzled last month after much criticism from local officials and the public. Read the full story in the Mid-Hudson News.