- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Coast Guard is giving the public more time to comment on a proposal to establish 10 commercial anchorage sites in the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston.

The plan has drawn opposition from environmental groups who say it would increase the potential for oil spills and damage to spawning areas for endangered sturgeon. Riverfront communities have also voiced opposition, citing risks to public safety, drinking water, tourism and recreation.

The anchorage plan was requested by shipping industry groups who say it would allow safer and more efficient traffic flow.

Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand were among those calling for the comment period to be extended past the Sept. 7 deadline.

The Coast Guard says it’s now taking comment until Dec. 6 (https://bit.ly/2bWvjt5 ).

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