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Summit on the beneficial use of dredged materials : turning a surplus material into a commodity of value.
  • Published Date:
    2014-07-01
  • Language:
    English
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Summit on the beneficial use of dredged materials : turning a surplus material into a commodity of value.
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    CFIRE RI-08
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    Dredged material management options for commercial ports, particularly those involving permanent or long-term placement facilities, are

    diminishing. Many existing placement facilities serving these ports are at, or near capacity, and high costs, plus limited new site availability, make

    prospects for new or expanded capacity increasingly difficult. Absent new strategies for dredged material management, maintenance dredging at – and

    accessibility to - several major ports could be significantly impaired, with serious implications to freight movement. In the Great Lakes alone, some

    175 million to 200 million tons of primarily bulk commodities – including iron ore, coal, stone, petroleum products, chemicals and grain – are moved

    annually on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system. Given the added factor that, after decades of remediation, much of the material dredged

    from Great Lakes harbors need no longer be managed as toxic or hazardous waste, recycling of material suitable for beneficial use has emerged as the

    most practical approach to sustainable dredged material management in the region. A Summit on beneficial reuse of dredged material with

    programmatic components including: Current technological data on the suitability of dredged material for beneficial reuse; case studies from the Great

    Lakes and other U.S. port ranges involving successful beneficial reuse; and relevant policy issues affecting acceptance and encouragement of

    beneficial reuse was held to address these issues. The target audience included port authorities, harbor commissions, coastal communities, state and

    local regulatory agencies, commercial shipping interests, industries served by marine transportation, dredging practitioners and other stakeholders.

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