Mark Biel, executive director of the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois and chair of the Coalition said, "This frivolous lawsuit has only shed more light on the state's complete lack of evidence supporting lock closure," said The plaintiff's case is based on flawed arguments. There is no evidence the barriers in the Chicago Area Waterway System have failed, no evidence that economic or ecological harm to the Great Lakes is imminent and most importantly, no evidence that lock closure would reduce the risks to the Great Lakes. So while the Army Corps of Engineers and other government agencies rely on the opinion of experts, the plaintiff states continue to rely solely on speculation and fear mongering in this matter. The final briefs submitted today only further expose the fact that their arguments are completely without merit."
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