DUMPING OF TOXIC MATERIAL IN NEW HAVEN HARBOR

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[Protest of New Haven harbor toxic dumping proposal in July 2011. Photo New Haven Register.]

NHEJN opposes the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to dump about 200,000 cubic yards of toxic dredging material from Bridgeport Harbor into Morris Cove.

The Corps of Engineers currently plans to use a hole that sits directly off of New Haven’s Seawall and Lighthouse Point Parks as a place to put dredging material that is unsuitable for open water disposal or disposal on land. The material is so dirty it cannot be placed on land without treatment. Yet, the Corps of Engineers’ plan would leave the toxic dredging material open in Morris Cove for at least nine months before being covered with a cap. This would allow the material to be disrupted by normal tidal activity. Thus, the toxic material may end up on the local beaches, and then spread throughout the neighborhood by wind and surf. Moreover, Corps of Engineers’ studies show that the hole it wishes to use has possible groundwater intrusion.

Sign the petition to oppose the dumping of toxic material in New Haven Harbor!

Thanks to the efforts of citizen advocates, this issue has been getting strong media attention:
http://nhregister.com/articles/2010/10/27/nnetoxic102710.txt

http://nhregister.com/articles/2010/11/01/news/doc4cceab0b13240687311695.txt

http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/cove_foes_to_bridgeport_sludge_dont_budge/

http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/politicians_unite_against_b-port_sludge/

http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/2010/nov/05/lifes-a-dredge-in-new-haven/

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