Van Hollen says Asian Carp Legal Battle Not Over
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Tuesday, 27 April 2010 20:14
State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the legal battle to keep the Asian carp out of the Great Lakes is not over. That’s after the U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to consider a lawsuit that may have ultimately closed the link between Lake Michigan and the carp-infested Mississippi River.

Van Hollen says his office will do what’s necessary to protect the Great Lakes. And they’ll keep trying to find new alternatives, and work with other Midwest states on the matter. Wisconsin was part of a suit from Michigan’s attorney general Mike Cox that might have eventually ordered Chicago to reverse the flow of its sewage so it goes into Lake Michigan.

But for now, it would have closed the shipping canals which the Obama White House and the state of Illinois say are vital to Chicago’s economy. There’s an electronic barrier on the main canal designed to keep the Asian carp out of Lake Michigan. But according to researchers, DNA evidence has shown that the bloated carp has moved past the barrier to several spots on Lake Michigan. That triggered the lawsuit a few months ago.

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