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Shuette continues fight against Asian Carp


LANSING (WKZO) -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says his office will continue to pursue a lawsuit which would protect the Great Lakes from an invasion of Asian carp.

Shuette, along with four other states and a Native American tribe are seeking legal action to force the Army Corps of Engineers to put plans into place to permanently separate the Great Lakes from waterways infested with the carp in Illinois.  The Attorney General says the states cannot afford to wait on a federal government which fails to act, as this ecological disaster has been building for years.

Government attorneys say there is no need for the suit, as a law passed by Congress this year requires the Corps to complete a study of options to permanently block the movement of Asian carp and other invasive species through the Illinois waterway by January 2014.  Last week, though, the Corps announced it will not recommend plans to separate the waterways by the deadline set by Congress and will instead do years of additional studies.