by McLean Bennett, USA Today Network-Wisconsin

By NOAA’s National Ocean Service (TYPO) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

SHEBOYGAN – Gov. Scott Walker has rescinded a nomination to implement a National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Michigan that would have blanketed dozens of offshore shipwrecks with federal protections.

In a letter last week to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s acting administrator, Walker said he was pulling the nomination over “concerns” by citizens and elected officials about the proposal.

USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin received a copy of the letter Wednesday, and a spokesperson for the governor’s office confirmed its authenticity.

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