LePage signs Kennebec River dredging bill

Posted June 06, 2011, at 3:35 p.m.

BATH, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill that paves the way for the Army Corps of Engineers to perform dredging to ensure the safe passage of a warship built at Bath Iron Works.

The Army Corps of Engineers applied for an environmental permit to dredge two areas of the Kennebec River before the Spruance is delivered to the Navy in September.

The Department of Environmental Protection issued a permit under the condition that the Maine Legislature correct a water classification error that was discovered. LePage signed the bill Friday.

Opponents proposed delaying part of the work until the winter, but the Army Corps said all of the work must be completed this summer because the budget doesn’t allow for a return trip this winter.