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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Stalls In Senate


A bill to continue a key Great Lakes environmental cleanup program for five more years has officially stalled in Congress.

The House of Representatives approved the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative extension December 9, 2014, for the next five years at $300 million per year; but the Senate adjourned without taking it up — meaning the issue is dead until the next session begins in January.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was launched in 2010 with the support of the Obama administration and has provided more than $1.6 billion to aid restoration projects in the Great Lakes region, including cleaning up toxic pollution and protecting the waters from invasive species.

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