Congress approves $70 million for Arctic shipping

The Arctic – On October 23, the House passed HR 3619, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. While the bill delineates the appropriations for the Coast Guard, the significance of the bill for Arctic affairs is Section 311, the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment Implementation. This section was originally a stand-alone bill, HR 2865, written by Representative Don Young (R-Alaska), until it was absorbed by the Coast Guard Act. Section 311 appropriates $70 million over the next five years to Arctic marine shipping, particularly in the areas of ice breaking, navigation, and oil spill prevention. The vote passed 385 to 11.

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