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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposal to open Delaware's environmentally protected coastal zone to new heavy industry has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The bill cleared a House committee Wednesday despite complaints from environmental groups and other opponents about the lack of public input.

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

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The fight over legislation in Delaware to encourage redevelopment of vacant industrial sites along the coast has drawn opposition from environmentalists and civic groups.

Nearly two dozen groups are challenging the bill that supporters say would allow for the redevelopment of 14 current and former industrial sites.

Most are located in New Castle County.

A leading opponents is June Peterson the widow of former Republican Governor Russell Peterson who said that if her husband were alive today he would oppose the legislation.

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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.