Regulation

The Great Lakes, which straddle the U.S.-Canada border, are subject to multiple layers of regulation. Water use, shipping and other issues are handled by various local, state and federal bodies, as well as the International Joint Commission.

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Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, underscored the importance of federalism in U.S. environmental policy and regulation, and criticized the agency he's being tasked to run, at his confirmation hearing Wednesday.

The Oklahoma attorney general vowed to follow the "rule of law," if confirmed, and promised to "fairly and equitably enforce the rules and not pick winners and losers."

The International Joint Commission released its draft progress report Wednesday morning, calling for aggressive action by the U.S. and Canada to protect the Great Lakes.

Even as Enbridge pursues government support for an underwater oil and gas pipeline that runs between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron -- more organized opposition is emerging.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa wants Enbridge to remove its Line 5 pipeline from reservation lands.

Veronica Volk / Great Lakes Today

For the first time in over 50 years, the U.S. and Canada are changing the way they regulate water levels on Lake Ontario. It’s an attempt to meet the changing needs of people who use the lake – from the shipping industry to environmentalists.

But homeowners fear the change may mean more flooding.


Great Lakes pollutant lurks in your laundry pile

Dec 30, 2016
Rebecca Thiele

The United States and Canada are moving to ban microbeads -- the tiny plastic bits in toothpaste and facewash that are big water polluters. Now scientists are focusing on a similar problem -- and it’s lurking in your laundry pile.

  

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