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Hearing set for Great Lakes cleanup plan
Duluth News Tribune
Posted July 26, 2005

The federal government's new plan to clean up the Great Lakes in cooperation with state, local and tribal governments will receive a public hearing Aug. 4 in Superior.

The Great Lakes Regional Collaboration will take public comments on its draft action plan, unveiled July 7 in Duluth, that outlines proposals to restore the lakes environment, end pollution and halt habitat destruction.

The Superior meeting is set for 6:30-9 p.m. at Barkers Island Marina hotel. It's one of several set in coming days across the Great Lakes region. For more information on the collaboration, the cleanup plan or the meeting -- or to comment on the draft plan -- go to Public comments will be accepted through Sept. 9.

The Bush administration is expected to consider public comments when finalizing the plan in December. It's expected to be presented to Congress early in 2006.

The draft plan calls for about $20 billion in cleanup costs and land purchases over the next 15 years to solve problems such as sewage overflows, invasive species, wetlands and shoreline habitat destruction and cleanup of toxic hotspots in ports.

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