Agencies at odds over sediment in Lake Erie

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two government agencies are locked in a disagreement over whether dredged sediment from the Cuyahoga (KY-uh-HOH'-guh) River and Cleveland Harbor are clean enough to be dumped miles out in Lake Erie.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have had numerous discussions, meetings and exchanges of letters on the issue since August with no agreement.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1hf9h03 ) reports that the Ohio EPA is worried that the sediment dumping will increase toxicity in Lake Erie fish such as walleye and perch that are popular with sportsmen. The state says the plan would establish a "worrisome precedent."

The Corps said moving the dredged sediments to two Lake Erie areas 5 to 9 miles offshore for disposal would create "no significant impact."

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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