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New plans for Great Lakes cleanup shows bigger focus on climate change

The Great Lakes
The Great Lakes

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Future cleanup projects on the Great Lakes could have a greater emphasis on preventing climate change.  

A task force that includes the Federal EPA and ten other agencies released a draft Friday of its new plans for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The group also said that science should be used more often to select cleanup projects, and to see how effective they are.  

The Great Lakes initiative began in 2010, and has spent $1.6 billion on a variety of cleanups. The goal of the new plan is to speed up progress toward addressing the biggest threats on the Great Lakes -- including runoff, and reductions in toxic pollution and invasive species.  

It was released for public review today. A final version is scheduled to be adopted by October 1st.

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