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Jun 15, 2012 2:19 PM by AP

Breach sites rejected for register

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The National Parks Service has rejected an effort to have sites where levees breached during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The advocacy group Levees.Org has been pushing for almost two years to have the sites listed on the register, arguing that the flooding that resulted from the breaches was the worst civil engineering disaster in the nation's history.

The Army Corps of Engineers was highly critical of the organization's nomination. A letter from the Parks Service is critical of the nomination for various reasons, among them, its reliance on a limited number of studies about the causes of the breaches.

The Parks Service said the nomination can be re-submitted and Levees.Org founder Sandy Rosenthal said Friday the organization will do so.

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