White House Summit on Asian Carp Could Get Crowded

Attorney Generals from five Great Lakes states have asked to be at the table when the Administration holds a summit to discuss the Asian Carp crisis. AGs from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin want a chance to express regional concerns over the carp.

“It is our hope the bi-partisan team of Attorneys General leading the battle to protect jobs and the Lakes will have a seat at the table with the White House to help find a solution to this crisis,” said Michigan AG Mike Cox. Cox has been leading the legal challenge to force Illinois to close the locks and come up with a permanent solution to keep the carp out of the Lakes.

After the US Supreme Court chose not to issue an injunction to close the locks, Great Lakes Governors asked the White House for a summit meeting on the crisis. Council on Environmental Quality Head Nancy Sutley immediately offered to meet with the Governors during the first week of February in Washington or the region. Since then the environmental community and Great Lakes stakeholders have asked to be included in the meeting, and now the Attorney Generals.

When discussing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, President Obama promised zero tolerance for new invasive species. Cox is now citing the President’s former quote while asking President Obama to have the locks closed while a solution to the crisis is worked out. “The Great lakes $7 billion fishery and over 800,000 Michigan jobs are connected to the health of the lakes,” Cox stated.

The letter requesting a place at the table for the AG’s was signed by Michigan’s Cox, Indiana AG Greg Zoeller, Ohio AG Richard Cordray, Pennsylvania AG Tom Corbett and Wisconsin’s AG J.B. Van Hollen.

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