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Maloney's bill would halt Hudson River anchorages

Oct 05, 2016 12:05 am
The Mid-Hudson News Network reports in The Daily Freeman that U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney introduced federal legislation that would stop the proposal to allow for 43 additional commercial slots in ten anchorages on the Hudson River between Kingston and Yonkers. Maloney's bill would prohibit the Department of Homeland Security from establishing new anchorage sites for vessels carrying hazardous or flammable material within five miles of an existing superfund site, a nuclear power plant, a site on the National Register of Historic Places, or a critical habitat of an endangered species. The Coast Guard operates under that department, and commercial shipping industry officials asked the U.S. Coast Guard to approve the moorings. “We are going to stop this proposal and make sure there is maximum public input on the way to killing it because this is a bad idea,” Maloney said. “This is a solution in search of a problem. This is not something we need or want, and this is not a partisan issue; across all lines of political difference, across all layers of government on the state and local level, people have come together to say, we don’t want these new anchorage sites in the Hudson River.” Locally, the proposed anchorages include the "Kingston Flats South Anchorage Ground," which would cover 280 acres for up to three vessels with a draft of less than 22 feet for long-term usage, with a vessel swing radius of 1,300 feet for one vessel and 1,800 feet for two vessels.