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The Port of Cleveland criticizes the U.S. Army Corps' Lake Erie plan
The Corps wants to dump sediment in Lake Erie, but the Port says it's too hazardous

Kabir Bhatia
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The Port of Cleveland is criticizing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for rejecting a plan that would ensure dredged sediment is not dumped into Lake Erie.

The Corps says the most polluted sediment from dredging the Cuyahoga River will go on-shore for disposal, while the less hazardous material will go into the lake. 

Jade Davis, vice president of the Port of Cleveland, says keeping Lake Erie clean is critical.
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“Especially in the era of very serious concerns about the protection of drinking water --v ery serious concerns about protecting our environment for future generations -- we can’t just make decisions based on a difference of $1.5 to $2 million.”

The Ohio EPA and the state's Congressional delegation all agree. A federal suit brought by the port and the state EPA is pending against the Army Corps of Engineers, which was ordered last year to dredge the Cuyahoga and not to dump sediment in the lake.

Davis says the dredged sediment can still be used as road bed or fill for industrial use, instead of going into Lake Erie. He adds that the port is still open to working with the Corps on a solution.
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