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Damaged River Lock Stalls Grain Exports to Asia

More than 100,000 tons of product stranded above Bonneville lock on Columbia River

The flow of grains and other commodities through the U.S. Pacific Northwest has stalled because of a broken river lock at the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, along the Oregon-Washington border, reports Reuters.

The Bonneville navigation lock was closed and emptied over the weekend after crews with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the facility, noted the lock appeared to be leaking water below its gates. Inspectors found a crack in a concrete sill at the base of the gates that prevented the lock from closing properly, a Corps spokesman told Reuters.

More than 100,000 tons of product have been stranded above the Bonneville lock.

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