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May 15, 2008
Mass. Senate backs landmark coastal-protection bill
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Senate is unanimously supporting a final version of a landmark bill designed to protect the state's coastal waters.
Environmentalists call the bill a first-in-the-nation attempt by a state to create a comprehensive ocean management plan.
The bill approved today by the Senate is designed to make sure all decisions and permits about development in state-controlled waters up to three miles from the coast conform to a single plan.
The plan would cover everything from whale watching tours to wind farms and liquefied natural gas terminals.
Separate versions of the bill had been approved by the House and Senate. The final version now heads back to the House.
Gov. Deval Patrick also supports the bill.
-- The Associated Press
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