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Great Lakes Water
(2008-06-23)
(wgvu) - Negotiators have a deal on regulating
large-scale water withdrawals in Michigan.
An announcement expected later Monday afternoon from top
lawmakers paves the way for the state to approve a regional compact
to prevent Great Lakes water from being sent outside the drainage
basin.
Legislators have been working on new water rules for more than
two years.
Five states have voted to ratify the compact, and Ohio
legislators have sent a bill to the governor. Once it's signed,
Michigan and Pennsylvania will be the only states that haven't
approved it.
The compact itself has wide support in Michigan. But the House
and Senate have delayed sending it to Gov. Jennifer Granholm while
wrangling over the accompanying water use bills, which have pitted
businesses against environmentalists.
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