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CGLI Promotes …

Sustainable Development in the Great Lakes Region
CGLI promotes the economic growth and vitality of the region in harmony with its human and natural resources (sustainable development). CGLI works to ensure that industry is a substantive partner in the development of public policy in the Great Lakes region and encourages active industry participation in developing and implementing sustainable development policies and practices in the Great Lakes region.

Our Members are …

U.S. and Canadian Industry with significant Great Lakes assets
CGLI is a tax-exempt organization that represents the common interests of U.S. and Canadian industrial organizations from the manufacturing, utilities, transportation, communications, financial services and trade sectors. CGLI represents companies that have investments, facilities, products, or services in the Great Lakes region.

We focus on …

A Vision for the Great Lakes Region
CGLI envisions a Great Lakes regional business climate that is built on a foundation of sustainable development and is supported by public policies that promote sustainable ecosystems, attract and maintain a robust industrial base, enhance social systems and opportunities for the community, and provide for long-term economic stability.

Live silver carp pulled from a branch of the Chicago Area Waterway System...

On June 23, a commercial fisherman pulled a live Asian carp out of the Calumet River, about nine miles from Lake Michigan. According to the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee, the 8-pound, 28-inch long adult silver carp was the second live Asian carp that has been found beyond the electric barriers in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in the past 10 years. The first incident was the discovery of a bighead carp in Lake Calumet in 2010.

ECCC decision on proposed deep geological repository expected this summer...

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has proposed to construct and operate a deep geological repository (DGR) near the Bruce Energy facility in Kincardine, Ontario to store low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste generated by three nuclear power generating facilities in Ontario. OPG’s plan is not without controversy. The Canadian government was expected to approve or deny the plan in September 2015, but deferred the decision until March 2016. In February 2016, Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna requested OPG to provide more information and additional environmental assessments by the end of 2016. On December 12, 2016, the Canadian cabinet issued an order that allows the Environment Minister an additional 243 days to decide on the project, which means that a decision is expected this summer.

Record high water levels in the Great Lakes create controversy for IJC’s Plan 2014...

In December 2016, the U.S. and Canada approved the International Joint Commission’s new plan for regulating water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The plan, which is known as “Plan 2014,” changes the regulation of outflows from the Moses-Saunders hydroelectric dam on the St. Lawrence River and has proven controversial. Flooding and high water levels caused significant damage along the shores of lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Businesses, property owners affected by the high water, and New York Governor Cuomo blame Plan 2014 for the damage and have threatened to take action against the IJC.

Great Lakes Executive Committee meeting highlights progress under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement...

On June 26 and 27, the Great Lakes Executive Committee (GLEC) met in Chicago to discuss progress being made to implement the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). The current GLEC co-chairs (Michael Goffin of Environment and Climate Change Canada and Tinka Hyde of US EPA) solicited input on several issues, such as whether the US and Canada should partially delist an AOC when one country has completed a cleanup but the other has not and how the lake ecosystem objectives that the GLWQA requires fit into the GLWQA implementation scheme.