Ohio Environmental Council, December 23, 2014
The undersigned organizations support the Corps’ dredging efforts in the Cleveland Harbor insofar as they ensure continued navigability of federal navigation channels. However, we remain strongly opposed to the Corps’ proposal for open-lake disposal of dredged Cleveland Harbor sediments. Open-lake disposal of contaminated sediments at CLA-1, as proposed in PN No. CLEVELAND 15 would violate state water quality standards and cause unacceptable impacts to the aquatic ecosystem and to human and wildlife health.
The Corps should amend its proposal to eliminate open-lake placement in favor of CDF placement, per Ohio EPA’s 401 Certification condition of 2014, or in favor of beneficial reuse options.
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