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FUNDING DENIED FOR LOCKS
(2007-02-28)
(wgvu) - The Bush administration has decided
against building a new commercial shipping lock on the river
linking Lakes Superior and Huron.
That's according to U-S Representative Bart Stupak of Michigan.
Congress authorized expansion of the Soo Locks in 1986 ... but
the project has yet to receive funding for construction.
It would cost about 340 (m) million dollars.
Stupak tells The Associated Press the decision not to seek
funding ignores the importance of the Soo Locks to the nation's
economy.
He says he has written to the U-S Army Corps of Engineers for an
explanation.
About 70 percent of the raw materials used in the steelmaking
industry passes through the locks on the northern end of the St.
Marys River.
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