Pennsylvania DEP Chief Blasts Proposed EPA Cuts

Law360, Philadelphia (March 16, 2017, 5:45 PM EDT) -- The chief of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection ripped President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s budget Thursday, highlighting the elimination of funding for the Chesapeake Bay cleanup in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Patrick McDonnell, acting secretary of the Pennsylvania DEP, told Pruitt that Trump’s plans to slash the agency’s budget by more than 30 percent would imperil efforts to improve the water quality of the Bay and its watershed.

Pennsylvania is one of six states that, along with the District of Columbia, has implemented a state plan to reduce pollution in the watershed....

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