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March 30, 2008

Friction growing over sand Plum Island citizens group letter disputes deal on dredge deposits

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Depositing dredged sand at the alternate would violate state environmental law and "will have deprived the public of a meaningful opportunity to review the potential environmental impacts of this dredging project and help the Department of Environmental Protection to formulate a plan that would prevent or minimize damage to the environment," Brennan wrote in the letter.

"Specifically diversion of dredging spoils from the Merrimack River to the alternate site will result in the destruction of the seashores of the town of Newbury and the city of Newburyport and jeopardize the homes and property of the residents of Plum Island," he wrote.

Daily News staff writer Angeljean Chiaramida contributed to this story.

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