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ROME -- Italy's caretaker government has authorized authorities to move the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship to the nearest port, Piombino in Tuscany, to be disassembled.
Tuscan President Enrico Rossi welcomed Friday's decision, saying Piombino is the most economical and environmentally sound choice because of its proximity.
However, a center-left lawmaker said the choice could delay the removal of the wreck until next year because of needed port upgrades.
The Costa Concordia, carrying some 4,200 people, struck a jagged reef in January 2012 when it veered too close to the tiny tourist island of Giglio.
The damaged ship eventually came to rest on its side on the rocky seabed near Giglio. The accident killed 32 people.
Italy's civil protection agency is looking at September as the likely date to move the wreck.
The Associated Press