The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will start dredging Cleveland Harbor next month despite the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's refusal to allow it to deposit sediments into Lake Erie.

For the rest of this year, it will continue to put sediment into a existing disposal facility near Burke Lakefront Airport, according to Rep. Marcy Kaptur, who discussed dredging issues in Cleveland and Toledo this morning with Army Corps Major General John Peabody.

"Dredging the harbor is an absolute must for Northern Ohio manufacturing and the thousands of jobs it supports," Kaptur said in a news release that welcomed the dredging decision. "I am relieved that Cleveland will stay open for business this shipping season, but we have to focus on longer-term solutions."

Earlier this year, the Army Corps of Engineers said Cuyahoga River pollution cleanup efforts had progressed enough that it would be safe to put untreated dredging sediment into Lake Erie instead of the disposal facility, which is nearing capacity at current use levels.

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