Coast GuardNEWPORT, Ore. — A new effort to avoid the closure of the Coast Guard Air Station in Newport, Tuesday.

Oregon’s congressional leaders teamed up with leaders from South Carolina to urge the Coast Guard to reconsider. The leaders wrote a joint letter, calling on the Coast Guard to keep facilities open in both states.

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley as well as South Carolina Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham say closing the stations would needlessly endanger mariners in both states.

Along with Newport, a Coast Guard Air Facility in Charleston South Carolina is slated to close December 15, due to budget concerns.