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EPA approves New Bedford project

The final approval to construct the state’s South Terminal project, a 28-acre marine terminal in New Bedford Harbor, was given on Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced.

The terminal will serve offshore renewable energy facilities and help with international shipping, an EPA statement said. The project will allow for navigational dredging of 47 acres of the harbor and will create a confined aquatic disposal cell, the EPA said.

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“The construction of the terminal helps launch a new clean energy industry in Massachusetts that will create hundreds of jobs, enhance our energy security, and reduce fossil fuel emissions,” Governor Deval Patrick said in a statement.

Melanie Dostis can be reached at melanie.dostis@globe.com.
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