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GLIN==> Bush administration proposes major new funding for Great Lakes cleanup



Posted on behalf of Phillippa Cannon <Cannon.Phillippa@epa.gov>


U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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CONTACT: Phillippa Cannon, (312) 353-6218
         Cynthia Bergman, (202) 564-9828

For Immediate Release
No. 04-OPA008

Bush administration proposes major new funding for Great Lakes cleanup

DETROIT (January 29, 2004) -- President Bush's 2005 budget proposal will
include an unprecedented $45 million for the cleanup of contaminated
sediments in the Great Lakes system.  The increase in Great Lakes Legacy
Act funding was announced today by EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt while
visiting Belle Isle, an island park in the Detroit River, which is one
of 31 heavily polluted "Areas of Concern."   Leavitt was joined by Council
on Environmental Quality Chairman Jim Connaughton.

The $45 million will be used to start or further the cleanup of four to
six of the "Areas of Concern," sediment that is heavily contaminated
with PCBs, heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The
request is a $35 million increase over 2004 Legacy Act funding.  The
budget also seeks an additional $3 million for the Great Lakes Program
for restoration projects and an additional $1 million for research into the
control of invasive species such as the zebra mussel and Asian carp
which plague the Great Lakes.

"This major increase in funding demonstrates the President's commitment
to preserving and protecting these Great Lakes," Administrator Leavitt
said. "Accelerating the cleanup of these contaminated areas will help keep
the
pollution from moving out into the lakes where cleanup becomes dramatically
more difficult."

EPA will work with states, tribes and other stakeholders to identify
sites that will receive money for cleanup.  Funds could enhance an existing
cleanup or help start a new project.

EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office is based in Chicago and works
in partnership with stakeholders to protect, maintain and restore the
chemical, biological and physical integrity of the Great Lakes.

Further information is available from:

Great Lakes Legacy Act at http://www.epa.gov/glla

Great Lakes Program  at http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/index.html

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