Bravo to Hogan for sticking up for EPA

We thank Gov. Larry Hogan for opposing a provision in the U.S. House appropriations bill that would sabotage the clean-up plan of the Chesapeake Bay (“Hogan asks U.S. Senate leaders to kill House plan to strip EPA of Chesapeake cleanup authority,” Feb. 16).

The regional plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay is working, largely because it holds bay states and the District of Columbia accountable for reducing pollution. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is the lead federal partner.

Last fall, the House of Representatives approved a provision in its appropriations bill that would eliminate any funding for EPA to enforce the bay restoration plan.

In a letter to Senate leadership on Feb. 13, Governor Hogan voiced his “strong opposition” to the provision. The governor’s leadership is particularly valuable as he is the current chairman of the executive council that oversees the state/federal partnership.

William C. Baker, Annapolis

The writer is president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

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