“Responsible stewardship of the earth and its assets is something we owe to our children as well as to ourselves. I have long advocated on behalf of measures that protect America’s precious natural resources. Whether leading the fight to preserve our Great Lakes, championing the manufacturing and broad use of ethanol and renewable sources of energy, or cleaning up toxic waste sites, I am committed to a clean, healthy, and vibrant environment.”
Leadership: As a lifelong Illinois resident, Senator Durbin knows the Great Lakes and our waterways are vitally important to our way of life. He has helped restore Lake Michigan’s shoreline and protected the Lake and our rivers from toxic dumping and invasive species like the Asian Carp. Senator Durbin cosponsored the Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act of 2015, further showing his commitment to restoring and protecting the Lakes for future generations. He was also the author of the Great Lakes Water Protection Act and, with other Midwestern representatives from both parties, helped protect commerce along one of our most important waterways through the Mississippi River Navigation Sustainment Act. Senator Durbin also sponsored the Clean Cruise Ship Act of 2013, which establishes national standards and prohibitions for discharges from cruise vessels.
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