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Congress approves deadline for Asian carp report; Chicago area plan

Updated: June 29, 2012 11:14PM



TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Congress has approved a measure requiring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to quicken development of a strategy for keeping the Great Lakes free of Asian carp.

The provision was part of a highway funding bill that cleared the House and Senate on Friday. If signed by President Barack Obama, the measure will set an 18-month deadline for the Army corps to finish its Asian carp plan.

Corps officials said in May they would submit a report by the end of 2013, roughly the same time as required under the legislation. But officials said they would provide only a list of options for Congress and the public to consider.

The legislation instead requires specific steps for preventing species migrations at 18 potential entry points, including Chicago area rivers and canals.



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