Ice breaker funded in federal budget

    Fairbanks, Alaska (KINY) A new Congressional funding bill includes funds for a new polar icebreaker, about $655 million.

    U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski both spoke about the ice breaker during speeches to the Alaska legislature this year.

    The plan is to fund $740 million to fund six ice cutters in Alaska.

    The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that another $20 million has been budget for materials to build a second ice breaker.

    Cutter facilities will be in Kodiak, which will receive $22 million to build facilities, and Seward, who will receive $31 million.

     

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