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|Coast Guard withdraws live-fire training proposal|
|Written by Associated Press and Grand Haven Tribune|
|Monday, 18 December 2006 15:43|
The Coast Guard is withdrawing plans to periodically close 2,500 square miles of the Great Lakes for live machine-gun firing exercises, officials announced Monday afternoon. The decision follows internal review, meetings with many community leaders, as well as nine public meetings, and numerous comments from the public and their elected representatives, Coast Guard officials said.
Reps. James Oberstar, D-Minn., and Dave Obey, D-Wis., said Admiral Thad Allen, the Coast Guard's commandant, told them the exercises would be suspended indefinitely and the proposal would be withdrawn.
Oberstar said Allen "was dissatisfied with the process by which the Coast Guard undertook this activity."
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