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New Legislation Intended to Reduce Burdensome Regulation by Michigan Agencies

By Thomas P. Wilczak and Andrea E. Hayden, Attorneys, Pepper Hamilton LLP On November 28, 2011 Michigan's Gov. Rick Snyder signed five bills into law, three of which amend Michigan's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA), and two that amend its Administrative Procedures...

Further Asian Carp Barriers Proposed

Efforts continue to prevent Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan through the Chicago waterway system. The latest proposal under consideration by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) is to install controls at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois. The ACOE is seeking public comments on this...

Province and Feds Sign Great Lakes Act Again

By Jennifer Kalnins Temple The Ontario and federal governments have signed the latest (8th) version of the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health ( 2014 COA ). The purpose of this agreement is to implement Canada’s commitments to protect the Great Lakes...

Great Lakes Protection Act Reintroduced (Again)

By Meredith James As promised in Minister Murray’s mandate letter , Ontario’s provincial government has reintroduced the Great Lakes Protection Act . If passed, the Act would: · Help fight climate change, reduce harmful algal blooms, and protect wetlands and other coastal areas...