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OC Coastkeeper Disappointed in Coastal Commission’s Approval of Newport Dredging Project

On Friday, Oct. 14, the California Coastal Commission approved a Coastal Development Permit for a controversial dredging project impacting Newport Harbor.

According to Orange County Coastkeeper, an environmental nonprofit committed to clean water, the City of Newport Beach will create a Confined Aquatic Disposal (CAD) facility to address underwater sediment buildup.

In partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the City will dredge areas of Newport Harbor and bury the removed sediment in a hole at the bottom of the harbor. Because the dredged material is polluted with hazardous chemicals, the City will cover the hole with a layer of non-contaminated sediment to act as a barrier.

Orange County Coastkeeper opposed the project because the group believes the City had misrepresented the dangers of the project and not considered less risky alternative projects.

“We were hopeful that the Coastal Commission would deny the project and push the City to develop a safer plan to address the hazardous sediment,” said Garry Brown, OC Coastkeeper’s Founder and President. “However, we’re glad the Commissioners added conditions that address some of our concerns.”

OC Coastkeeper’s primary issues with the Newport CAD project include:

For more information, visit the Orange County Coastkeeper’s website at https://www.coastkeeper.org.

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Source: Newport Beach Independent

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