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2009-07-08 17:08:26

U.S. senators from Michigan and other states are urging the Senate to consider tougher federal regulations on invasive species such as the zebra mussel. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., told a hearing of two subcommittees of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that legislation is required to keep zebra mussels and other invasive species out of the Great Lakes, the Detroit News reported Wednesday. Levin said the mollusks are believed to have entered the Great Lakes through ship ballast...

2008-07-26 00:00:23

MILWAUKEE _ A coalition of conservation groups has found what it considers a yawning hole in a bill that would require overseas freighters to install ballast treatment systems to protect the Great Lakes and other waterways from invasive species. The 14 conservation organizations, including the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council, sent a letter Friday to Wisconsin Senators Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl urging the Democrats to oppose the measure that has so far enjoyed widespread...

2008-07-24 03:00:00

By Dan Egan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 24--The fight to keep invasive species out of the Great Lakes picked up some steam Wednesday. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a coalition of environment groups, backed by some Great Lakes states, that sued the federal government to begin regulating ballast water like any other pollutant under the Clean Water Act. The decision followed a lower court's ruling three years ago that the Environmental Protection Agency had...

2008-07-23 18:00:30

The Environmental Law Clinic at Stanford Law School today announced that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of environmental organizations seeking to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate ship discharges under the Clean Water Act. Dealing a setback to the shipping industry, the decision follows a 2005 lower court ruling that the EPA had illegally exempted ship discharges from Clean Water Act requirements. That decision gave the agency until September...

2008-07-23 12:00:48

By Kevin Wadlow, Florida Keys Keynoter, Marathon Jul. 23--Recreational boaters can continue to wash down their decks without violating federal law: Pending rules on water discharges will not affect recreational boats, says U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). Both houses of Congress on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill sponsored by Nelson to exempt recreational boaters from new EPA policies on water discharges from vessels. If left unchanged, all 25,370 registered vessels in Monroe...


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