Cox Disappointed With Asian Carp Decision But Vows to Fight OnContact: John Sellek or Joy Yearout 517-373-8060Agency: Attorney General
March 22, 2010
LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox today said he is disappointed with a new U.S. Supreme Court decision today regarding Asian carp that denied Michigan's renewed request for a preliminary injunction to close Chicago-area locks. The renewed motion came in response to new DNA evidence of Asian carp getting past the O'Brien Lock and into Lake Michigan. That information was not delivered to the court by the federal government prior to the Court's January 19th decision on the original injunction request. Cox also delivered a new economic study authored by a Wayne State University transportation expert which showed much lower potential losses to the Chicago economy than was claimed by the State of Illinois.
"Our motion was an extraordinary attempt to protect the Great Lakes, but we felt it was necessary to because the Court deserved to have access to the new DNA and economic information before making a decision," said Cox. "We will continue to focus on the reopening of the diversion case in April, with the goal of developing an effective plan to protect the entire Great Lakes region from the devastating threat of Asian carp."
Cox noted that Michigan's request to reopen the "Chicago Diversion" case is supported by Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana and the Province of Ontario. The Supreme Court has scheduled an April 16th review of Michigan's request for hearings to develop a long-term solution to the crisis that will protect the ecology and economy of the Great Lakes.
Cox also said that President Obama, who previously pledged a zero tolerance policy for new invasive species in the Great Lakes, should act immediately to at least temporarily close the locks. Cox praised the bi-partisan efforts of Michigan's Congressional delegation on the issue, including legislation recently introduced by Rep. Dave Camp and Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
Cox reminds the public that they can help bring attention to the issue by signing an online petition to protect the Lakes at www.StopAsianCarp.com.