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Ship dismantling at Mare Island? What about USS IOWA?

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    FoxReno http://www.foxreno.com/index.html Plans For Ship-Dismantling Plant Endanger USS Iowa September 28, 2008 VALLEJO, Calif. -- A group seeking to turn an
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      Plans For Ship-Dismantling Plant Endanger USS Iowa

      September 28, 2008
       
      VALLEJO, Calif. -- A group seeking to turn an honored battleship into a floating museum says plans to open a ship-dismantling operation nearby could endanger their effort.

      Supporters hope to preserve the USS Iowa near Vallejo at Mare Island, home of the U.S. Navy's first West Coast shipyard.

      But Merylin Wong of Historic Ships Memorial at Pacific Square said environmental concerns make her doubt the museum and shipbreaking could coexist.

      "If you have heavy industry taking place just 50 feet away, you can imagine what the consequences of that it might never happen," said Wong, the organization's president and director.

      The Iowa was launched in 1943 and earned 11 battle stars during World War II and the Korean War. The retired 45,000-ton vessel is currently moored in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, a group of mostly mothballed military ships anchored just east of San Francisco Bay.

      A spokesman for developer Lennar Mare Island, which has sought proposals for ship-dismantling businesses, said compatibility issues would have to be worked out as city permits were sought.

      "LMI has been very supportive of the group's efforts to bring the USS Iowa to the island, but they have ... significant funding challenges," said Lennar spokesman Jason Keadjian.

      The museum's backers have raised about $1 million of what members estimate would be a $16 million to $20 million project, Wong said. Volunteers hope to raise the rest of the money within the next year and a half, she said.

      In November, the Navy declared Mare Island the only practical option for the USS Iowa Memorial and Museum.
       

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      VALLEJO Operation may harm ship museum


      Published: Monday, September 29, 2008 at 4:42 a.m.
      Last Modified: Monday, September 29, 2008 at 4:42 a.m.

      A group seeking to turn an honored battleship into a floating museum says plans to open a ship-dismantling operation nearby could endanger their effort.

      Supporters hope to preserve the USS Iowa near Vallejo at Mare Island, home of the U.S. Navy's first West Coast shipyard.

      But Merylin Wong of Historic Ships Memorial at Pacific Square said environmental concerns make her doubt the museum and shipbreaking could coexist.

      "If you have heavy industry taking place just 50 feet away, you can imagine what the consequences of that it might never happen," said Wong, the organization's president and director.

      The Iowa was launched in 1943 and earned 11 battle stars during World War II and the Korean War. The retired 45,000-ton vessel is currently moored in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, a group of mostly mothballed military ships anchored just east of San Francisco Bay.

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