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House Passes Energy And Water Appropriations; Rep. Young Announces Over $48 Million In Project Funding For Alaska

Washington, D.C. - Alaskan Congressman Don Young is pleased to announce constituent projects of interest to Alaska totaling over $48 million in H.R. 3183, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2010.  This legislation appropriates money for the Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Program and the Department of Energy.  The bill passed by a vote of 308-114.

Rep. Young voted against the Conference Report saying, "I am supportive of the projects included in this bill but this funding only scratches the surface of the needs for Alaska's ports and harbors.  Alaska projects do not score well on the benefit to cost ratio that the Administration uses to economically justify federal investment, and since we have a small population, we can't compete with projects in the Lower 48.  I am working with the Corps of Engineers in Alaska District and Headquarters as well as the State of Alaska to determine the best solution to the problem."

Constituent Projects of Interest Requested By Rep. Young:

Corps of Engineers
$17,732,000    OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE FOR THE PORT OF ANCHORAGE
$157,000         INVESTIGATIONS FOR VALDEZ HARBOR
$240,000         OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE FOR KODIAK HARBORS

Department of Energy
$11,965,000    DENALI COMMISSION
$1,000,000      FAIRBANKS GEOTHERMAL ENERGY
$900,000         TATITLEK HIGH PENETRATION WIND POWER

OFFICE OF THE FEDERAL COORDINATOR FOR ALASKA NATURAL GAS TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
The conference agreement provides $4,466,000 for the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects, as proposed by the House and Senate.

Corps of Engineers Projects:

Investigations
$134,000         HOMER HARBOR NAVIGATION IMPROVEMENTS, AK 
$90,000           KOTZEBUE SMALL BOAT HARBOR, AK  
$90,000           MATANUSKA RIVER WATERSHED, AK  
$134,000         WHITTIER HARBOR, WHITTIER, AK  
$90,000           YAKUTAT HARBOR, AK   

Construction
$921,000         ALASKA COASTAL EROSION, AK   
$2,834,000      ST. PAUL HARBOR, ST. PAUL, AK
$1,453,000      UNALASKA HARBOR, AK 

Operations and Maintenance
$2,676,000      CHENA RIVER LAKES, AK 
$841,000         DILLINGHAM HARBOR, AK
$380,000         HOMER HARBOR, AK
$160,000         INSPECTION OF COMPLETED WORKS, AK
$240,000         KODIAK HARBORS, AK
$779,000         NOME HARBOR, AK
$482,000         PETERSBURG HARBOR, AK
$884,000         PROJECT CONDITION SURVEYS, AK

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