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Obama nominates former MEC chief Lana Pollack to International Joint Commission

Former Michigan Environmental Council President Lana Pollack has been appointed by President Barack Obama as nominee for Commissioner on the International Joint Commission.

The commission has three commissioners each from the United States and Canada. It is designed to facilitate cooperation, resource protection, resolution of disputes and treaty enforcement over boundary waters between the two countries.

Pollack’s nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become official. Pollack is a former Michigan state senator and served as MEC president for 12 years through the end of 2008.

Prior to her tenure at MEC, Pollack was elected three times to the Michigan Legislature, serving as a state senator from 1983–1994.

As a state senator, Pollack became a leading advocate for women, children and the environment. In this capacity, she earned praise as the architect of Michigan’s landmark 1990 polluter pay statute, which, before it was repealed in 1995, saved taxpayers $100 million by requiring proven polluters to pay for the cleanup of toxic waste.

To learn more about the International Joint Commission, visit www.ijc.org.
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