Ohio asks judge to force Corps to dredge shipping channel


CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio officials and the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Port Authority are asking a federal judge to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fully dredge the Cleveland Harbor and Cuyahoga River shipping channel.

Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/29jD4VC ) Wednesday’s motion says the Corps is proposing to dump harmful sediment into Lake Erie and demanding that a “non-federal sponsor” pay for dumping the dredging material into a disposal facility.

The Corps has argued that dumping the sediment into Lake Erie is safe and cost-effective. But the state says the material is polluted and harmful to the waterway.

The state says dredging delays can seriously harm business and a single severe storm this year could make the channel unnavigable.

A Corps spokesman said Thursday that the Corps doesn’t comment on pending or ongoing lawsuits.

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Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com

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