Maloney Encourages Hudson Valley Residents to Submit Comments on Proposed Hudson River Anchorage Sites
Washington – After successfully pressing the Coast Guard to extend the public comment period for proposed Hudson River anchorage sites, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney is asking Hudson Valley residents to contact his office directly to provide comments in regards to a reckless proposal to install ten new anchorage sites on the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston. Rep. Maloney’s office will collect all comments and deliver them to the Coast Guard prior to the end of the extended comment period on December 7th.
“The Coast Guard’s proposal to install new anchorage sites is a disaster, and I urge my friends and neighbors in the Hudson Valley to make their opinion known on this important matter - the health of our river and our communities depends on it,” said Rep. Maloney. “I want to make sure the voices of all my Hudson Valley neighbors are heard - we don’t need more anchorage sites, we don’t want them, and we now have the opportunity to make that clear to the bureaucrats who will make the final decision.”
The Coast Guard has announced advanced notice of a proposed rulemaking which, if conducted, could result in the construction of ten new anchorage sites along the Hudson River for large commercial ships travelling from up-river to the port of New York. The anchorage sites would provide these ships a location to drop anchor before continuing on to the port. Rep. Maloney has repeatedly called for a comprehensive environmental impact study and additional hearings before the proposal can advance, and sent his own letter to the Coast Guard on August 18. In August, Representative Maloney, along with Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, and fellow Representatives Lowey and Engel, sent a letter to the Coast Guard requesting a 90-day extension to provide the public time to learn about the proposal and to offer comments. Following this letter, the Coast Guard announced it was extending the public comment period. Last week, Maloney questioned Coast Guard officials and secured a commitment to an open and transparent process, including public hearings.
Hudson Valley residents can express their opinion by visiting: https://seanmaloney.house.gov/contact/email-me or by filing electronically with the Coast Guard by visiting: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=USCG-2016-0132-0001.