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|Minnesota Ratification of Great Lakes Compact|
|Written by FLATRATE|
|Monday, 19 February 2007 11:05|
Final action taken today by the Minnesota Legislature makes that state the first to ratify the new Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and lays down the gauntlet for Governor Granholm and the Michigan Legislature, environmental groups said.
Michigan must reclaim its leadership on Great Lakes water protection not only by ratifying the Compact, but also by rivaling Minnesota's successful water withdrawal law and addressing grave concerns about commercialization of Great Lakes water, they said.
Minnesota's ratification of the Compact, which will become official when Gov. Tim Pawlenty signs the legislation, comes 14 months after the eight Great Lake state governors agreed to the Compact in December 2005. Environmental advocates and political observers in Minnesota say that ratification there – coming less than 60 days into the new legislative session – is based in large measure on Minnesota's long-standing, successful compliance with the requirements of the agreement.
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