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Van Hollen Renews Efforts to Stop Asian Carp

 

WISCONSIN JOINS MICHIGAN AND OTHER GREAT LAKES STATES

 

RENEWED MOTION SEEKS PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION IN UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT TO CLOSE THE LOCKS ON THE CHICAGO CANAL

 

MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today joined New York and Minnesota in renewed efforts to stop Asian Carp from entering Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes via the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. A brief filed in the United States Supreme Court supports the State of Michigan's motion to reopen and renew a previous motion seeking a preliminary injunction from the United States Supreme Court to close the locks on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

 

"New evidence since the previous ruling renews hope an injunction will be ordered. Every State and Province that boarders the Great Lakes, with one exception, seeks immediate action to avoid the disaster an invasion of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes would bring," Attorney General Van Hollen said. "Closing the locks on the Chicago Canal is the best insurance against entry until the certain viability of another solution can be determined," he said.

 

A copy of the brief filed today with the United States Supreme Court will be sent momentarily as a separate e-mail. The State of Wisconsin is represented in this case by Assistant Attorney General Cynthia Hirsch.