- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Providence environmental group is opposing a $20 million state-financed proposal to expand the city’s deep water port.

Save The Bay says the Port of Providence expansion could lead to filling in 31 acres of Narragansett Bay.

The group says the plan seems to be based on an expansion plan that includes land acquisition, infrastructure upgrades, and filling in the shoreline for new ship berths.

The group says the plan could also benefit the owners of the Rhode Island Recycled Metals scrap yard, which has been repeatedly cited for environmental violations.

Lawmakers last month added the ProvPort bond to a $50 million bond for a pier project in North Kingstown. Voters are being asked to approve it in November.

ProvPort spokesman Bill Fischer says the plan may not require shoreline filling.

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