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EPA wants to mandate cleaner burning fuel for Great Lakes shippers

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Environmentalists are crying foul, as Wausau House Democrat David Obey tries to exempt Great Lakes shippers from proposed federal pollution controls.

The EPA wants to ban the use of high-sulfur fuel on freighters within 200 miles of U.S. coasts, as well as major rivers and lakes.

It's part of a new energy and water budget that's now going through Congress and environmentalists say the new rules could prevent 450 deaths each year in the Great Lakes region.

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