US Maine port withdraws dredging application

By Laura Syrett
Published: Thursday, 10 September 2015

Plans to deepen the port at Searsport in the northeast US states would likely have increased shipments of gypsum and road salt, however concerns about mercury contamination from a nearby chemical plant have halted the proposal.

The northeast US port of Searsport in Maine has withdrawn its application to expand, due to environmental concerns.

The $12m project planned dredge the port to a depth of around 40 feet (12.2 metres), compared with the existing depth of 31 feet (9.4 metres). This would allow larger ships to use the dry...

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