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Dec 4, 2012

Judge tosses Asian carp suit; states can amend it

A federal judge Monday threw out a lawsuit filed by five states that want barriers placed in Chicago-area waterways to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes, but said he would consider new arguments if the case were filed again.

Nov 8, 2012

Environmental group sues over ballast rules

The National Wildlife Federation sued New York state officials on Thursday for backing off on tough regulations to rid ship ballast water of invasive species that threaten the Great Lakes, the Hudson River and Long Island Sound.

Feb 27, 2012

High court rejects emergency carp measures (UPDATE)

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to order emergency measures that might prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, despite a warning that the exotic fish pose a "dire threat" to the region's environment and economy.

Oct 26, 2011

5 states take Asian carp case to Supreme Court (UPDATE)

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Five states asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to hear their plea for quicker federal action to prevent Asian carp and other invasive species from moving between the Great Lakes and Mississippi river watersheds. Michigan Attorney Bill Schuette said he had filed a […]

Sep 14, 2011

Wis. AG: Asian carp lawsuit working

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s attorney general says a multi-state lawsuit designed to block Asian carp from finding their way into the Great Lakes is doing some good. Wisconsin and four other states have filed a federal lawsuit calling for severing ties between the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes basin. A federal appeals court […]

Aug 31, 2011

Attorneys general push for Great Lakes, Mississippi split

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Six attorneys general in the Great Lakes region called for a multi-state coalition Wednesday that would push the federal government to protect the lakes from invasive species such as Asian carp by cutting off their artificial link to the Mississippi River basin. In a […]

Jul 25, 2011

US court rejects challenge to EPA ballast permit (UPDATE)

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to prohibit states from being tougher than the federal government on ships that discharge ballast water, a leading culprit in the spread of invasive species such as zebra and quagga mussels in U.S. coastal waterways and the Great […]

Feb 16, 2011

Asian carp debate back, lawsuit pending in U.S. District Court

JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A member of Congress from Michigan offered legislation Wednesday to force closure of two shipping locks on Chicago-area waterways, escalating a feud between Great Lakes states over how to prevent an invasion of environmentally destructive Asian carp. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which […]


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