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By Tom Hester | December 14th, 2012 - 9:37am
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Assembly Panel Approves Conaway, Singleton & Riley Measure to Monitor Impact of Dredging Activity on Delaware River Communities

(TRENTON) – An Assembly panel on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, M.D., Troy Singleton (both D-Burlington) and Celeste Riley that would require the state to monitor the impact Delaware River dredging would have on neighboring communities.

The bill (A-1822) would require the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in consultation with the Department of Transportation (DOT), to study the vibrations caused by vehicles traveling along routes used for transporting material dredged from the Delaware River. The study would include an analysis of the effects of such vibrations on residential and commercial buildings, roads, and other infrastructure.

“Unfortunately, our communities are no stranger to the dredging process, which has been going on intermittently for decades,” said Conaway. “But given the changing face of our towns over the last several decades, it’s important that this issue be studied carefully. Not only does the dumping of dredged spoils carry potential environmental hazards, but it may cause untold harm to homes and recreational areas if an estimated 15,000 truck trips are needed to haul away roughly 300,000 cubic yards of spoils..."

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