U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Appleton, assured agencies dredging
By Tony Walter • [email protected] • March 5, 2010
The Appleton Democrat said officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said they would notify him next week when dredging of the navigational channel and turning basins will commence.
The agencies’ assurance came during a meeting of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, Kagen said.
"They both agreed they’ll finish what they started and there’s a commitment that the revenues will be provided," said Kagen.
The Corps announced last month that it planned to halt dredging in the navigational channel until 2017 because the EPA’s dredging requirements were too costly.
The U.S. Department of Justice, representing the EPA and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, ordered the dredging stopped in August because it was interfering with the Fox River PCB cleanup project.
The EPA and DNR claimed that dredging of the channel and turning basins at Georgia-Pacific and the
The threat of halted dredging in the channel led the Brown County Harbor Commission to schedule an informational meeting Monday with terminal operators. The shipping business brings $75 million of business into the
Brown County Port Manager Dean Haen said the meeting will be held but said resuming the dredging would be welcome.
"It is untenable to allow that economic engine to be halted," he said.