Legal wrangling over sediment from the Cuyahoga

Cleveland (AP) - Ohio environmental regulators have won another court ruling in a long-running dispute over dredging Cleveland's harbor.

A federal judge ruled Friday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must pay the past costs of dumping sediment from the Cuyahoga River into contaminant areas along Lake Erie.

The Corps and Ohio's Environmental Agency have been locked in a legal battle about where the sediment from Cleveland's harbor can be disposed and who pays for that.

The Corps says the sediment isn't toxic and can be dumped in the lake, but the state argues the sediment is polluted and should go in a containment dike.

Dredging last year on the shipping channel didn't begin until November because of the dispute.

A spokesman for the Corps declined to comment on the ruling.

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