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Port of Stockton

Stockton, CA: (Aug-30-07) The Natural Resources Defense Council and Baykeeper, an environmental community group, filed charges against the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Port of Stockton, alleging that the Corps had failed to examine the potential harm to those living near the port and river and its threatened fish species, while engaged in dredging and expansion at the port. The suit, filed in August 2006, received a ruling by a US District Court judge in the groups' favor in September 2006, and ordered the port to stop dredging until further environmental review.

In a settlement reached, the environmental and community groups have dropped two suits against the Port of Stockton, allowing dredging and expansion at the port to move forward. The port seeks to redevelop the 1,460-acre Rough and Ready Island near Stockton by upgrading seven wharves, developing an intermodal rail yard and dredging to improve access for large ocean-going vessels. As part of the settlement, the port agreed to reduce the environmental impact of its operations and dredging; monitor levels of dissolved oxygen in nearby waters; increase the number of clean trucks servicing the deep water seaport and offer incentives for large vessels to use cleaner fuels. The port will also set aside $5 million to implement air quality controls, and will be held responsible for protecting and improving the quality of local waters once it resumes limited dredging. [FORBES: RIVER DREDGING]

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Published on Aug-31-07


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