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Shutdown Deal Labeled Pork Solves AEP’s River Traffic Jam

Don’t tell American Electric Power Co. that a part of the U.S. budget agreement allowing an Ohio River lock reconstruction project to continue is a sweetheart deal for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

To AEP, the Columbus, Ohio-based utility, rebuilding the Olmsted Locks and Dam is crucial to keeping $70 billion of fuels, agricultural commodities, aggregates, fertilizer and steel flowing through the 12,000-mile U.S. waterways system. About $16 billion of those goods flow through Lock 52, which Olmsted is replacing.