Cuyahoga River Sediment Is Cleaner

James F. McCarty of The Plain Dealer reports that sediment dredged from the Cuyahoga River appears to be less toxic than in years past. This would be good news not only because it shows that recent river clean-up efforts have been successful, but also because it would allow the sediment to be disposed of on land, or potentially in the open waters of Lake Erie. Currently, the sediment must be housed in dikes along the lakefront, but those dikes will soon reach capacity. If further testing confirms the lower toxicity of the sludge, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will still need to sign off on any new disposal plan.