The Connecticut and Rhode Island congressional delegations have reached out to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in support of a proposed rule to designate a dredged material disposal site in Eastern Long Island Sound.
The lawmakers sent a letter to the EPA Monday expressing the importance of "preserving and protecting the environment" in the region.
They argue that transporting dredged materials to other sites, like the Rhode Island Disposal Site, will increase carbon emissions from ships and the risk of dredged material spills.
The EPA determined a new site was necessary in the Long Island Sound region following a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan issued in January. Two dredging disposal sites in the area will be closed.
The periodic dredging of harbors and channels is essential to safe navigation.