Scant support for Lake Erie sediment dumping plan at meeting

CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received scant support during a public hearing for a proposal to dump contaminated sediment from Cleveland’s shipping channels into Lake Erie.

The Plain Dealer reports ( ) Lt. Col. Karl Jansen said Tuesday in Cleveland that the sediment in the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) River is suitable for open-lake dumping. But Kurt Prencic of the state Environmental Protection Agency says the sediment from Cleveland harbor is too contaminated to store in Lake Erie.

The Army Corps dredges the Cleveland shipping channel and requires a state EPA permit to perform open-lake dumping for sediment. But regulators are unlikely to allow the agency to do that.

The two sides have been locked in a long-running dispute over what to do with the sediment dredged from Cleveland’s harbor.


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