The Sears Island Cargo Terminal project in Searsport, Maine, has received approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Col. Thomas A. Rhen, head of the Engineers in New England, based his approval on a satisfactory environmental impact statement. He said final permits to continue construction would be issued if there were no objections

from other federal agencies in 20 days.The project was first proposed by the Maine Department of Transportation with major backing from the Federal Highway Administration.

Plans call for construction of a bulk dry cargo and container shipping terminal on Sears Island in Searsport, Maine.

The island would be served by a 1,200-foot causeway access road to the island.

Environmentalists had objected to the project.