AG: Court reaffirms Corps responsible for Cleveland Harbor dredging

CLEVELAND -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has released a statement on the order issued today by Judge Donald C. Nugent in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, in the state’s 2015 Cleveland Harbor dredging case against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

“This is a great outcome for the state of Ohio. It reaffirms that the Corps is responsible to pay for the 2015 Cleveland Harbor Dredging Project. Dredging the Cleveland Harbor is critical to Ohio’s economy and properly disposing of the dredged material is critical to the environment. We’re pleased the Judge agreed with our position, and we will continue to advocate tirelessly for the people of Ohio and for the health of Lake Erie.”

Ohio officials filed a lawsuit after the Corps said it wants to dump river sediment it says isn't toxic into Lake Erie. Ohio officials say that would harm the lake's ecosystem, according to the Associated Press.

In March 2016, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman spearheaded a U.S. Senate probe of the Cleveland Harbor dredging situation.  At that time, Portman is quoted as saying, "The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency determined that the dredged material is not safe for open lake placement and disposing of the dredged material by dumping it in Lake Erie could pose a threat to both the City of Cleveland's water supply and Lake Erie's ecosystem."

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