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Ohio Attorney General Seeks Public Hearing on Army Corps’ Proposal to Dump Dredged Material in Lake Erie

Posted on December 22, 2015

By Evan MacDonald,

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine‘s office is again challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers‘ proposal to dump sediment from the Cuyahoga River directly into Lake Erie.

The Army Corps, which dredges the navigation channel each year to keep the water deep enough for ships to pass through, has again requested permission to dump dredged-up sediment into Lake Erie. The Army Corps has disagreed with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s assessment that the sediment is toxic and would harm the environment if it were dumped into Lake Erie.

The attorney general’s office has requested a public hearing over the Army Corps’ proposal, arguing that the Army Corps “stands alone in its position that disposing of contaminated sediment in Lake Erie is environmentally acceptable.”


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