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E-M:/ The Compact passes the House

Today's approval of the Great Lakes Compact by the U.S. House is the culmination of a lot of work by a lot of good people. Congratulations to them for their their commitment to the health of the Lakes and all of us who depend on them.

Unfortunately, it may leave the Lakes more rather than less vulnerable by confirming in U.S. law that Great Lakes water is a product once placed in containers. Let's hope for the best.

It's a shame that advocates of the Compact, some with the best intentions, were not willing to secure Congressman Stupak's yes vote by the change of House committee language to assure the Congressional intent not to consent to commercialization of Great Lakes water for private sale and profit. That would have been worth a few days' delay.