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Coast Guard seeks comments on waterway study

Wednesday - 12/28/2011, 5:05am  ET

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Coast Guard is seeking public comments about the way it routes vessels on the East Coast.

The Coast Guard is studying whether to change the way it currently routes vessels off the Atlantic Coast from Maine to Florida. Among other things, the study is addressing the need to examine existing shipping routes and waterway uses to reconcile rights of navigation with other waterway uses, such as energy leases on the outer continental shelf.

The recommendations in the study could lead to future rulemaking and international agreements.

The Coast Guard says the deadline for public comments is Jan. 31.

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