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Statement by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Regarding Supreme Court's Decision Denying Emergency Relief in Asian Carp Case


With the authorization of the State Assembly, I moved expeditiously in the United States Supreme Court to join the State of Michigan's request for emergency relief aimed at preventing the invasion of Asian carp species into Lake Michigan. That motion was denied. 


The order denying the motion for a preliminary injunction does not end this case.  The underlying petition remains pending, and I will continue to pursue legal remedies to stop Asian carp species from entering Lake Michigan and protect Wisconsin's interests.   


I continue to be concerned about the economic and environmental threat these fish pose to the Great Lakes and to Wisconsin specifically.  The threat is real.  Just yesterday, the Army Corps of Engineers announced two positive eDNA results for silver carp, both lakeside of the O'Brien Lock. 


I am pleased by Governor Doyle's announcement demanding a meeting with the Obama Administration to address this issue.  Perhaps he can convince the President of the gravity and urgency of the threat Asian carp pose to the Great Lakes.