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Amendment to EPA funding bill would strip agency of power to enforce Chesapeake cleanup plan

Amendment to EPA funding bill would strip agency of power to enforce Chesapeake cleanup plan

A bill to fund the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal programs from December through September 2018 would strip the agency of its power to enforce a Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan, under a provision approved in the House of Representatives.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Republican who represents western Virginia, introduced an amendment to stop what he called EPA’s efforts to “railroad” and “micromanage” state-by-state work to reduce bay pollution. The House adopted the measure Friday, 214-197.

“Congress intended that the implementation of the Clean Water Act be a collaborative approach through which the states and the federal government work together,” Goodlatte said on...

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