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Romney: More needs to be done to fight Asian carp

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UNDATED (WSAU)  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he’s “outraged” that Army Corps of Engineers is not moving faster on a plan to keep the invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. In an e-mail to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Romney said yesterday he’s deeply concerned about the threat posed to the lakes and his home state of Michigan. And the candidate said he’s outraged that quote, “We are still years away from a recommendation” even though Congress asked the Corps five years ago to start investigating.

The Army Corps is studying the best ways to close the water links between the carp-infested Mississippi River and Lake Michigan at Chicago. One Asian carp has been spotted close to there – and the carp’s D-N-A has been spotted at dozens of locations beyond an electronic barrier that’s meant to keep the carp at bay.

The Corps was planning to take until 2015 to complete its study – but President Obama and Congress passed a law to require a report next year. The Corps says it won’t meet the deadline, and it will offer a range of options instead of a single solution.

Yesterday Obama aide Jacob Lew said the president has taken a quote, “aggressive, unprecedented approach” to the problem – and he’s not sure how much more Romney can do. Lew said the White House has spent four years on the matter, and he attacked Romney by saying quote, “We haven’t waited for a campaign to take this issue on.”

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