NEW YORK Nov 2 New Jersey said on Monday it
sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to block it from
deepening the Delaware River for ships, which the state said
risks exposing residents to pollution from mud.
In a lawsuit echoing one filed last week by Delaware, New
Jersey says the Army Corps of Engineers must first sample and
analyze the river sediment and get a permit from the state.
The shipping channel runs just over 100 miles, from Cape
May, at the southern tip of New Jersey, to Philadelphia, which
is the nation's 13th busiest port, according to the American
Association of Port Authorities, an Alexandria, Virginia-based
"The Army Corps has decided to go ahead with its completely
irresponsible plan to circumvent New Jersey's strong
environmental protection processes and plow blindly ahead with
dredging," Governor Jon Corzine said in a statement. "I cannot
allow the people of South Jersey to have these dredge spoils
dumped on them," he added.
A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers declined to
comment as a matter of policy.
New Jersey's lawsuit was filed electronically in the U.S.
District Court in New Jersey, a spokesman for the state's
attorney general said.
(Reporting by Joan Gralla; Editing by Dan Grebler)