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Areas of Concern / Sediments
Congress approves Great Lakes clean-up bill
The Associated Press (2008-09-29)
Congress is sending President Bush a bill that would extend for two years a federal program to clean up areas of pollution and contaminated sediment around the Great Lakes. The House voted 411-9 Sunday in favor of the Great Lakes Legacy Act approving $54 million a year over the next two years for the project.
House Passes Great Lakes Legacy Act Renewal
Congressman Vernon J. Ehlers (2008-09-19)
The House yesterday easily passed legislation that would increase cleanup funding for the Great Lakes from $50 million to $150 million annually through 2013. H.R. 6460, introduced by Chairman James Oberstar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.), would reauthorize the 2002 Great Lakes Legacy Act. The bill was approved by a 371-20 vote.
House takes up bill to help clean up Great Lakes
Chicago Tribune (2008-09-18)
The House is taking up the Great Lakes Legacy Act, which would expand a program to reduce contaminated sediments in the lakes. The legislation authorizes $150 million annually for the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up polluted parts of the lakes. It would be an increase over previous funding allowances.
Committees Pass Act to Clean Up Toxic Pollution in Great Lakes
The Associated Press (2008-07-31)
The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today passed the Great Lakes Legacy Act of 2008, sending to the full floor a bill that funds the clean up of toxic pollution around the largest source of surface fresh water in the United States. Earlier in the day, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed the Legacy Act out of committee, setting the stage for the U.S. Congress to pass the act, which funds the clean-up of contaminated sediments in Great Lakes harbors and tributaries.
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to vote on Great Lakes Legacy Act
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (2008-07-30)
On Thursday, July 31st, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will vote on senate bill 2994, the Great Lakes Legacy Act.
Ehlers, Oberstar Introduce Great Lakes Legacy Act Renewal
Congressman Vernon Ehlers [MI-3] (2008-07-11)
The highly successful Great Lakes cleanup law, the Great Lakes Legacy Act, will be renewed for an additional five years and authorized at three times the current level of federal funding under bipartisan legislation introduced today. Congressmen Vernon J. Ehlers (R-MI) and James L. Oberstar (D-MN) introduced the Great Lakes Legacy Act of 2008 (H.R. 6460). The law is responsible for cleaning up contaminated sediment in polluted “areas of concern” around the Great Lakes, but much work is left to be done before all 31 areas outlined in the 2002 law are addressed.
Subcommittee will hold hearing on Great Lakes Legacy Act
House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment (2008-05-19)
The House subcommittee will discuss reauthorization of the Great Lakes Legacy Act to clean up contaminated sediments in the Great Lakes Basin.
Levin and Voinovich Introduce Great Lakes Legacy Act of 2008
Office of Senator Levin (2008-05-08)
Senator Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Senator George Voinovich, R-Ohio, co-chairmen of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, today introduced the bipartisan Great Lakes Legacy Act of 2008 to expand on legislation passed six years ago. The bill aims to clean up contaminated expanses in the Great Lakes known as “Areas of Concern” within 10 years.
House subcommittee to hold hearing on Great Lakes Legacy Act
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (2008-05-07)
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment has scheduled a hearing on the Great Lakes Legacy Act for May 21, 2008. Legislation reauthorizing the Act has not been introduced in the House.
Energy and Commerce leaders investigate cover-up of Great Lakes report
Committee on Energy and Commerce (2008-02-28)
Reps. John D. Dingell (D-MI), the Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Bart Stupak (D-MI), the Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, announced an investigation today into the withholding of a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that reportedly demonstrates a correlation between pollution in the Great Lakes and health issues such as cancer mortality and higher infant mortality rates.