New Bedford Harbor. Photo courtesy/NOAA Restoration Center, NE Region
SouthCoastToday: Environmental and public health experts are concerned that mechanical dredging poses health risks more significant than those calculated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Mechanical dredging of [New Bedford Harbor] has been opposed by the environmental group Buzzards Bay Coalition because it results in burying PCB-contaminated soil beneath the harbor, instead of trucking it to an approved disposal site in Michigan, as is done in hydraulic dredging.
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