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Midwest attorneys general want to attend carp summit

By AP

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –

Attorneys general from five states want to attend a White House meeting on preventing an Asian carp invasion of the Great Lakes.

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox and his counterparts from Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin made the request Monday in a letter to President Barack Obama.

Obama's top environmental adviser last week agreed to discuss the carp problem with the region's governors next month. The attorneys general said they should be represented because they're "on the front lines" in the fight.

Several states have sued the federal government to close shipping locks near Chicago that could provide an opening for the carp into Lake Michigan.

Authorities last week revealed carp DNA had been detected in the lake, where they could crowd out native species and threaten the fishing industry.

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