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Cox asks Supreme Court to reconsider carp decision

By Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network



Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox has asked the U-S Supreme Court to reconsider its refusal to close a Chicago shipping canal. Cox wants the canal closed to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

The attorney general's motion says the Supreme Court made its ruling on January 19th without knowing the urgency of the threat posed by the Asian carp. DNA from the invasive species has been found in Lake Michigan, indicating that some carp may have already slipped past the barriers designed to keep them from reaching the Great Lakes. The attorney general's filing also says the costs of closing the shipping canal are vastly overstated, especially compared with the potential environmental damage to the Great Lakes fishery.

On Monday, Governor Granholm will be at the White House to meet with President Obama's chief environmental advisor and the governors of Illinois and Wisconsin to try and devise a plan to address the Asian carp problem.

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