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The Washington Post: Obama Seeks $300 Million For Great Lakes Cleanup
February 2, 2010, 2:09 pm
Filed under: News

The Associated Press
Monday, February 1, 2010; 6:10 PM

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A Great Lakes fix-up plan designed to ward off species invasions, cleanse polluted harbors and make other environmental repairs would get $300 million under the budget President Barack Obama released Monday.

The amount is down from the $475 million Congress appropriated for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative last year at Obama’s request. Administration officials said the drop-off for the 2011 fiscal year is reasonable, with federal agencies under pressure to cut costs.

It “reflects the difficult economic times while recognizing the president’s continued commitment to restoring and protecting this vital environmental and economic treasure,” the Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement.

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