New York To Sue Over L.I. Sound Dredging
By Gregory B. Hladky
December 6, 2016
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed Tuesday that his state will file suit to overturn federal approval of plan to allow sludge dredged from harbors in Connecticut to be disposed of in the open waters of Long Island Sound.
The New York lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which isn’t expected to be filed for at least 60 days, is the latest round in a long-running dredging dispute between Connecticut officials and those in New York.
Environmentalists in both states warn that dumping dredge sediment in an open-water site could harm the Sound’s marine ecology - a claim rejected by the EPA and state environmental officials in Connecticut.
New York officials want all dredged materials to be reused to restore beaches, salt marshes and dunes, or to be disposed of someplace other than the Sound. Connecticut officials insist there is simply too much material that can’t be reused, and to ship the sediment elsewhere would be prohibitively expensive.
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