Michigan Senators Introducing Legislation to Protect Great Lakes
Senior Senator Carl Levin
MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Michigan’s Senior Senator Carl Levin and Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois., co-chairs of the bipartisan Senate Great Lakes Task Force are introducing legislation to authorize or reauthorize programs intended to protect the Great Lakes.
Levin and Kirk plan to introduce legislation closely modeled on the Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection Act of 2010. The new legislation would formally authorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, an inter-agency program designed to address the most significant problems in the Great Lakes.
The bill would also reauthorize two other existing programs: the Great Lakes Legacy program, which supports the removal of contaminated sediments at more than thirty areas across the Great Lakes, and the Great Lakes National Program Office, which handles Great Lakes matters for the EPA.
The bill would formally establish an inter-agency task force, as well as an advisory board to ensure that federal programs are coordinated efficiently and produce tangible results. They plan to introduce the bill before Congress recesses.
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