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Lake Erie sediment dumping debate isn't going away

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The debate over what to do with tons of sediment dredged out of northern Ohio's bays and rivers isn't about to end.

The federal agency that maintains the shipping channels backed off a plan to dump the silt it scoops out of Cleveland's harbor into Lake Erie.

That satisfied those worried about the sediment harming fish and drinking water, but much of the silt taken out of other harbors and rivers ends up in the lake.

State regulators and political leaders have been trying to stop the dumping since the 1980s. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it's safe and cheaper to put it in the lake.

Kristy Meyer of the Ohio Environmental Council says open lake dumping has been banned or reduced in other Great Lakes states.

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