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E-M:/ GVSU study: Ocean freighter ban not too costly

Closing the Great Lakes to ocean freighters would increase the region's shipping costs by $55 million annually, which pales in comparison to the cost of ecological damage caused by exotic species the ships have imported to the lakes, according to a new study.

The controversial study has thrust its author, Grand Valley State University business professor John Taylor, into an emotional debate over the future of international shipping in the Great Lakes.