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Governor endorses federal $2.2 billion Great Lakes cleanup plan

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Governor endorses federal $2.2 billion Great Lakes cleanup plan
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Gov. Jim Doyle says a proposed clean-up plan for the Great Lakes is "extraordinarily important."

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said it would leave the lakes "improved and protected."

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson unveiled the $2.2 billion dollar plan yesterday at a meeting of the nation's governors in Washington.

It would try to halt the spread of the Asian carp and other invasive species, clean up toxic hot spots, fight beach pollution and more.

It's a five-year project and would be carried out as funding becomes available.

Congress has already appropriated $475 million to clean up the Great Lakes, but Jackson says very little of the money has been spent.

President Obama has asked Congress for another $300 million this year. Jackson says she'll seek even more in the next couple years.

Three decades ago, the U.S. and Canada identified 31 toxic hot spots on the Great Lakes - but only one has been cleaned up.

The EPA says it plans to clean up four more locations by the end of 2014. The locations have not been identified yet.

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