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Dredging of Puerto Rico’s biggest port begins despite warnings it may harm turtles and corals

Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A $62 million project to dredge Puerto Rico’s biggest and most important seaport has started amid fierce opposition from environmentalists and a pending lawsuit. Crews will remove nearly 3 million cubic yards of marine floor to open the San Juan Bay to larger vessels including tankers that will serve a new liquid natural gas terminal. Officials say the dredged material will be deposited into the Atlantic Ocean north of the island in a move approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Environmentalists have said the project would endanger wildlife and people, sucking up turtles and killing corals.

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