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Plans Withdrawn for Harbor Dredging Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has temporarily withdrawn its plans for a huge dredging and landfill project pivotal to the proposed $4.8-billion expansion of the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors.

The surprise action Friday means the $141-million dredging and landfill project will not come before the California Coastal Commission for action for at least several months, a commission official said. It had been scheduled to come before the commission at next Wednesday’s meeting.

The project, among the largest of its kind ever undertaken by the corps, is a key element in the so-called 2020 Plan for deepening the shipping channels in the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors and nearly doubling the size of Terminal Island to accommodate 38 new terminals. The 30-year plan has been described by supporters as vital to meet the continuing growth of the ports--already the nation’s busiest.


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