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Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler Statement on Agreement with the Army Corps to Dredge Cleveland Harbor in 2016
“Ohio has been proactively trying to come to agreement with the U.S. Army Corps since the spring to dredge the Cuyahoga River – as the Corps is obligated to do under federal law. Unfortunately, we could not agree to onerous conditions that would force Ohio to concede its case. Ohio, the Port of Cleveland and ArcelorMittal were left no other choice but to ask the court through a TRO to force the Corps to dredge the river.
It is now good to see that when forced to respond to the court, the Army Corps has reached an agreement with the state to dredge the river this year, pay to dredge it, and manage it correctly by placing the contaminated sediment in a confined disposal facility. Lake Erie, the port and area commerce win through this agreement.”
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.