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EPA proposes changes to Long Island Sound dredging disposal sites


BOSTON (WTNH) – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a change to two Long Island Sound dredging materials disposal sites.

The EPA is proposing to amend its 2005 rule that designated the Central and Western Long Island Sound Dredge Materials Sites. The proposed amendments will help meet the organization’s goal of reducing or eliminating dredge material disposal in the open waters of the Sound. According to the EPA, the amendments to the rule are intended to reach that goal by requiring dredging project proponents to follow standards and procedures that will encourage the use of practicable alternatives to open-water disposal. One such proposal is a procedure that lead to the establishment of a permanent, inter-agency “Long Island Sound Regional Dredging Team” to develop and promote the use of alternatives.

According to the EPA, dredged material is sediment excavated or otherwise removed from the bottoms of navigable waters. The original rules, were based on an Environmental Impact Statement prepared by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE.)

The amendments are available for public review and comment through March 25, 2016. There will also be a public hearing held on Wednesday March 2 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the University of Connecticut in Stamford.

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