Wisconsin AG demands action on Asian Carp
MADISON, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, that his office had issued a letter to Major General John Peabody and the United States Army Corp of Engineering demanding that they take immediate action to halt the invasion of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes. Recognizing that the federal government "has broad legal authority to take emergency action," the letter requests that whatever action is necessary to prevent the movement of the Asian Carp into the Great Lakes regions, whether it is closure of the locks or killing of the fish themselves, be taken. At the very least, the letter orders, short-term actions, such as introducing a poison called Rotenone to the areas where Asian Carp have been present, be applied while at the same time continuing to call for the supplication of the closure of the O'Brien and Chicago Locks. Residents of the Great Lake states fear that the infestation will have far reaching consequences, not only in terms of their region's ecosystem, but each of their local economies as well.
Previously, Van Hollen joined Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, along with the top litigators in several other Great Lake states, in suing the State of Illinois, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago seeking the closure of the O'Brien Lock and Dam and the Chicago Controlling Works. They were also demanding that Illinois take action to permanently separate the waterways from the Great Lakes in the future and conduct an investigative study in order to determine how best to eradicate the carp from the waterways. The United States Supreme Court, however, denied their request on April 26, 2010.
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