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IJC delays meeting, sees no quick action on Plan 2014

WASHINGTON – The International Joint Commission delayed the meeting it considered holding Wednesday to deal with flooding along Lake Ontario, but the panel hopes discuss the issue later this week.

IJC spokesman Frank Bevacqua said all six commissioners are trying to schedule a meeting this week. The panel's American chair, former Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, said a day earlier that the agency would try to meet by phone on Wednesday.

"IJC commissioners will meet in the near future to consider additional potential flood relief measures, as well as the performance of Plan 2014," the controversial water management regimen that some Lake Ontario property owners and local politicians blame for the recent flooding, the commission said in a statement.

Repealing that plan won't be quick or easy, the commission indicated.

"Modification or suspension of Plan 2014 would be part of a longer-term process requiring the IJC commissioners to reach consensus and the governments of Canada and the United States to provide their concurrence," the IJC said.

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