NEWPORT — The port will not be getting federal stimulus money to help remove two World War II-era concrete ships from the Yaquina Bay, as officials had hoped. They’re now working on a new plan.
Earlier this year, the Port of Newport applied for $13 million in federal stimulus money to add to the $18 million it had socked away for removing the 365-foot USS Hennebique and USS Pasley, decommissioned after the war. The ships, full of bunker fuel, asbestos, oil and gravel, have been used as docks in the bay for the past 61 years. They’re now considered a threat to the health of the estuary.
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