Policy: Environment & Energy

Ohio pushes to end sediment dumping into Lake Erie

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is ready to start solving a problem that's been plaguing Lake Erie for more than 25 years.

The state is spending $10 million to find ways to end the dumping of sand and mud scooped out of Toledo's and Cleveland's harbors.

The biggest question now is what to do with the mounds of silt that are enough to fill the Cleveland Indians' ballpark each year.

Those studying the issue believe the silt could be used to grow crops, make compost and redevelop old industrial sites.

But solving the cost of transporting the silt is one of several hurdles.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) says it's worth exploring because the solutions could end up helping the state's economy and the health of Lake Erie.

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