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Corps’ Mission Limits Challenged

Publication Date: 6/24/2009
Author: Angelle Bergeron
Format: HTML

Members of the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee are challenging the limits of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ mission for building natural hazard defenses. During a June 16 hearing on hurricane and flood protection work in Southeast Louisiana the narrow issue was the Corps’ recommendation for an $800 million project to build permanent pumps and storm surge barriers at mouths of three New Orleans outfall canals. The committee chairwoman, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., the Louisiana delegation and witnesses backed a $3.5-billion “Option 2,” instead, which would improve city storm drainage as well as perimeter defenses.

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