EPA to veto Corps flood project in Mississippi

04/9/2008 | NYTimes.com

The Environmental Protection Agency says that for the first time in more than a decade it will exercise its veto right, killing a $220 million flood-control project proposed by the Army Corps of Engineers. The two huge pumps along the Yazoo River in south-central Mississippi would divert floodwaters into the Mississippi River, protecting thousands of acres of farmland. But opponents say the area is a natural wetland four times the size of Manhattan with "some of the richest wetland and aquatic resources in the nation -- a breeding and spawning ground for fish and a haven for migratory fowl."

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