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Spat over Lake Erie sediment dumping far from being settled

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -

A long-running battle over dumping sediment dredged from Cleveland's harbor into Lake Erie still doesn't seem settled even after Congress weighed in on the debate.

Ohio's environmental regulators and the federal agency that maintains the lake's shipping channels have been locked in an argument for years over what to do with the tons of sediment.

Congress in late December approved a bill that included a stipulation that largely prevents the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from dumping hazardous dredged material in the lake.

The head of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says he hopes the Army Corps gets the message and backs off its attempts to use the lake for dumping.

An Army Corps official says he still believes some of the sediment is safe to put in the lake.

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