Officials protest additional barge anchorage sites on Hudson

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Westchester News 12: Officials and environmentalists are speaking out against a proposal to allow more commercial boats on the Hudson River.

The politicians and environmentalists joined forces Tuesday to raise a red flag about a controversial new plan by the Coast Guard to establish 10 new anchorage sites for barges – the size of football fields –  on the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston

The barges could carry any number of chemicals, including crude oil, which is why lawmakers are opposed to it, citing safety, security and environmental concerns

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano says  the Coast Guard wants to build its largest site, spanning 715 acres from Yonkers to Dobbs Ferry.

The Coast Guard is taking comments on its website, but lawmakers are demanding public hearings so residents can have their say on this controversial matter.  Watch the news report.

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