A new report has found that environmental upgrades along Chesapeake Bay could help create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

The report by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation said storm water and sewage plant upgrades would not only help "nurse the environmentally-battered" bay back to health, but would also create approximately 250,000 jobs, according to The Associated Press.

"Debunking the 'Job Killer' Myth" concluded that cleanup projects within the six states and District of Columbia that make up the bay's watershed would have a multiplier job creation effect with the need for engineers, construction workers and other positions critical for the new pollution-control projects.

Virginia and Maryland have already committed to invest $3 billion for the upgrades.

Meanwhile in Washington State, officials at the Millennium Bulk Terminals told the Daily News Online they have completed a large part of the clean up of pollution left along the Columbia River from previous port operator Chinook Ventures.

Chinook had been fined thousands of dollars for spilling chemicals into the river and other violations. Millennium said it is now in the process of securing permits to build a new coal export dock at the 416-site which would employ approximately 70 workers upon completion.


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