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AG Bill Schuette says vessel discharge bill could threaten Great Lakes

Jon Harrison

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is among a group of law enforcement officials asking U.S. Senate leaders to stop legislation that commercial shippers on the Great Lakes say will help business but which environmentalists believe could lead to more invasive species entering waterways.

Schuette is one of 10 state attorneys general who sent a letter last week to the Senate majority and minority leaders arguing that the bill – which gives authority for regulating the discharge of ballast water largely to the Coast Guard – could “dramatically weaken defenses against aquatic invasive species.”

At present, the regulation of discharge of ballast water from commercial vessels rests jointly with the Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as under policies and laws enacted and enforced by individual states.

For the full article, see Todd Spangler, " Todd Spangler, "AG Bill Schuette says vessel discharge bill could threaten Great Lakes", Detroit Free Press, Feb. 21, 2017

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