Great Lakes Cleanup Bill

Congress appears poised to approve a program to maintain a cleanup plan for the Great Lakes. The House today considered the Great Lakes Legacy Act, which authorizes $54 million a year for two years to clean up polluted parts of the lakes. The bill is expected to be approved tomorrow.

The bill adopts funding levels passed by the Senate earlier in the week. The House had approved a more extensive five-year, $150 million a year funding plan for the lakes but couldn't get it through the Senate. Lawmakers said they were pleased to maintain the program and would push for more funding allowances next year. The bill is expected to be signed into law by President Bush.

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