- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut’s environmental commissioner has endorsed a U.S. Army Corps of Engineering plan to use dredged materials for new purposes and also to be disposed of in Long Island Sound.

Rob Klee, commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said Wednesday the draft plan identifies several environmentally sound alternatives for materials dredged from harbors and waterways.

He cited uses such as beach rehabilitation and marsh restoration, which environmental advocates are demanding as alternatives to dumping sediment and other materials into the Sound.

Klee said the Sound must be available for disposal sites because sediment can’t always be recycled.

The Corps released its plan Monday examining alternatives for handling nearly 53 million cubic yards of material and 10 disposal sites for dozens of dredging projects.

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This story corrects that commissioner endorsed reuse of materials in addition to disposal.


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