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The Delaware Audubon Society will not be showing up for the public workshops this Wednesday and Thursday on legislation that opens up certain coastal areas to heavy industry.

The boycott by the environmental group comes after a bitter fight over revisions to the 1971 Coastal Zone Act that is aimed at keeping heavy industry at bay.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a group of environmental and civic groups refused invitations to confidential interviews because the comments were being taken behind closed doors.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has overwhelmingly approved a bill opening Delaware's environmentally protected coastal zone to new heavy industry.

The measure cleared the House on a 34-to-7 vote Tuesday and now goes to the Senate

The bill, supported by Gov. John Carney establishes a permitting process for new use of 14 existing industry sites, including abandoned and polluted brownfields.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Lawmakers have introduced a bill to open parts of Delaware's environmentally protected coastal zone to heavy industry.

The legislation introduced Thursday establishes a permitting process for new use of 14 existing heavy industry sites, most of them abandoned and polluted brownfields.

The bill also would allow the currently prohibited transfer of bulk products such as oil and minerals at nine sites that had docking facilities or piers before the Coastal Zone Act was enacted in June 1971.