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Coast Guard Ready Enough for Great Lakes Oil Spills, Court Rules

March 16, 2020, 9:06 PM

The U.S. Coast Guard properly developed and approved a plan to deal with worst-case scenario oil spills near the Great Lakes in northern Michigan, a federal court ruled.

Environmental Law and Policy Center and the National Wildlife Federation argued in their complaint that the Coast Guard didn’t sufficiently detail how it would deal with ice or high waves in their Northern Michigan Area Contingency Plan for oil spills. The groups said the service approved the flawed plan in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act and Oil Pollution Act of 1990.

However, the Coast Guard considered both factors and even conducted...

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