Newport keeps NOAA

Despite protests from competing ports, NOAA sticks with its decision to move to Newport.

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After the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced its decision to move its marine center from Seattle to Newport, competing ports tried to stop the move and claimed that the Newport site was in a floodplain.

But NOAA is sticking with its decision to relocate to Newport, bringing 175 jobs to the region along with it.

The Port of Bellingham and the owners of the current site of the marine center filed formal complaints with the Government Accountability Office, the watchdog arm of Congress, complaining that the Newport site is in a floodplain, and that this wasn’t duly considered by NOAA. The GAO sided with Bellingham and asked the government to review its decision.

NOAA did so, and arrived at the same conclusion, to the delight of port officials and lawmakers from Oregon.

Read the full story at The Register-Guard.

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