Maloney bill would kill anchorage pro­posal

Con­gress­man says bid to es­tab­lish ad­di­tional sites is ‘a so­lu­tion in search of a prob­lem’

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mid-Hudson News Net­work

NEW­BURGH >> U.S. Rep. Sean Pa­trick Maloney has in­tro­duced fed­eral leg­is­la­tion that would halt the cur­rent pro­posal to al­low for 43 ad­di­tional com­mer­cial slots in 10 an­chor­ages in the Hudson River be­tween Kingston and Yonkers.

The com­mer­cial ship­ping in­dus­try asked the U.S. Coast Guard to con­sider ap­prov­ing the moor­ings.

The pro­posal by Maloney, DCold Spring, would pro­hibit the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, un­der which the Coast Guard op­er­ates, from es­tab­lish­ing new anchorage sites for ves­sels car­ry­ing haz­ardous or flammable ma­te­rial within five miles of an ex­ist­ing su­per­fund site, a nu­clear power plant, a site on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places, or a crit­i­cal habi­tat of an en­dan­gered species.

“We are go­ing to stop this pro­posal and make sure there is max­i­mum pub­lic in­put on the way to killing it be­cause this is a bad idea,” Maloney said. “This is a so­lu­tion in search of a prob­lem. This is not some­thing we need or want, and this is not a par­ti­san is­sue; across all lines of po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ence, across all lay­ers of gov-

ern­ment on the state and lo­cal level, peo­ple have come to­gether to say, ‘We don’t want these new anchorage sites in the Hudson River.’”

The pub­lic com­ment pe­riod on the ex­panded anchorage plan has been ex­tended to the end of the year.

Maloney’s Repub­li­can op­po­nent in the Novem­ber elec­tion, Phil Oliva, crit­i­cized Maloney’s an­nounce­ment on Mon­day as “more po­lit­i­cal theater ... try­ing to save face five weeks be­fore Elec­tion Day.”

Sites from Yonkers to Kingston have been iden­ti­fied as po­ten­tial choices.

Ap­prox­i­mate depths of the pro­posed sites range from 21 to 65 feet. Coast Guard of­fi­cials say that would ac­com­mo­date a va­ri­ety of ves­sels and con­fig­u­ra­tions and would not in­ter­fere with ar­eas of the river where ves­sels his­tor­i­cally have plied the wa­ters.

An­tic­i­pated users of the pro­posed anchorage grounds are com­mer­cial ves­sels and their at­tend­ing tug, tow or push boats.

Of­fi­cials say ad­ding anchorage sites would al­low for a safer and more ef­fi­cient flow of ves­sel traf­fic.

Among the 11 pro­posed sites are:

• A Kingston Flats South Anchorage Ground, which would cover about 280 acres for up to three ves­sels with a draft of less than 22 feet for long-term us­age. It would pro­vide a ves­sel swing ra­dius of about 1,300 feet for one ves­sel and about 1,800 feet for two ves­sels.

• A Port Ewen anchorage ground, which would cover about 50 acres for one ves­sel with a draft of less than 30 feet for short­term us­age. It would pro­vide a ves­sel swing ra­dius of about 1,200 feet.

• A Big Rock Point anchorage ground, which would cover about 210 acres for up to four ves­sels with a draft of less than 35 feet for long-term us­age. It would pro­vide a ves­sel swing ra­dius of about 1,200 feet per ves­sel.

• A Rose­ton anchorage ground, which would cover about 305 acres for up to three ves­sels with a draft of less than 40 feet for long-term us­age. It would pro­vide a ves­sel swing ra­dius of about 1,700 feet per ves­sel.

• A Milton anchorage ground, which would cover about 75 acres for up to two ves­sels with a draft of less than 40 feet for long-term us­age. It would pro­vide a ves­sel swing ra­dius of about 1,200 feet per ves­sel.

• A Marl­boro anchorage ground, which would cover about 155 acres for up to three ves­sels with a draft of less than 35 feet for long-term us­age. It would pro­vide a ves­sel swing ra­dius of about 1,800 feet per ves­sel.

MID-HUDSON NEWS NET­WORK PHOTO

U.S. Rep. Sean Pa­trick Maloney, ac­com­pa­nied, left to right, by Orange County Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions Harry Porr, and state As­sem­bly­men Frank Skar­ta­dos and James Sk­oufis, both Democrats.

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