The Coast Guard held two public meetings to gather input about further work to raise the Bayonne Bridge that connects Bayonne, N.J., to Staten Island, N.Y. Among the many lawmakers and residents who backed the project, the consensus seemed to be "that the project can only benefit our community." However, the Environmental Protection Agency sees things differently. "We believe that an appropriate analysis would likely reveal changes in the distribution pattern of cargo which could reasonably be expected to result in environmental impacts," the EPA said.

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