N.J. plans suit over Delaware River dredging
New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine on Monday threatened legal action to block dredging on the Delaware River.
Corzine said that by issuing a 'notice to proceed' on the Delaware River Dredging project last week to deepen the river to 45 feet from 40 feet, the Army Corps of Engineers is “trying to circumvent New Jersey's strong environmental protection processes and plow blindly ahead with its dredging plan. I have directed the Attorney General to prepare legal action to stop this irresponsible move unless the Army Corps suspends it plan in favor of allowing the environmental review process to be completed.”
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Corzine said Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell had given him “personal assurance, and public assurance, that any spoils from the dredging will be taken by Pennsylvania. Until the Army Corps has participated in New Jersey's environmental review process, however, I must take action to ensure that the people of our state are fully protected and these spoils are not dumped on South Jersey.'