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Lawmakers Call For Quick Inquiry Into Barge Accident

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Lawmakers are calling for a fast and complete review of why a barge grounded on the St. Lawrence River and whether the emergency response was sufficient. Last week, the steering on a tug boat malfunctioned and the barge it was pushing smashed into a shoal near Alexandria Bay. 12,000 gallons of relatively harmless liquid salt leaked into the river. In a letter to Seaway Administrator Albert Jacquez dated yesterday, Senator Hillary Clinton called for a full investigation into the incident. She said while it was not a serious accident, it "highlights the risks of shipping on the St. Lawrence River." Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman John McHugh have made similar requests. Phil Reed is the Jefferson County legislator who represents Alexandria Bay. He says the review should be done in time to apply to the remaining shipping season. He told David Sommerstein people are relieved it was a close call.

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