NY'S HOWLAND HOOK RECEIVES ARMY CORPS DREDGING PERMIT

NY'S HOWLAND HOOK RECEIVES ARMY CORPS DREDGING PERMIT

Signaling the end to one of the most bitter environmental fights in New York harbor's history, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Monday issued a permit for dredging at the Howland Hook container terminal on Staten Island.

The move opens the way for the long-shuttered, but sorely needed, container terminal to reopen this fall. The opening of the terminal had been endangered

because mud clogging up its berths was found to be contaminated and thus unfit to dump in the ocean.Because of the high priority given to reopen the terminal, local port officials took the unusual step of finding an out-of-state, on-land dump site for the 150,000 cubic yards of mud. It will be barged to Corpus Christi, Texas, and then railed to a Utah landfill.