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Tourists visiting Niagara Falls will see something besides water and mist this summer. Last week work began on the biggest international hydroelectric project in history: a $157 million construction job which will divert part of the Niagara River's water around the falls, shoot it through a 5½-mile tunnel bored in solid rock 300 feet below the heart of Niagara Falls, Ont., and into a giant penstock to create 600,000 h.p. of electricity for fast-growing southern Ontario. The project, not to be confused with the much-debated St. Lawrence seaway, was approved in a treaty signed between the U.S. and Canada last year.


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