Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Trump EPA Pick Promises to Stay on Bay Diet

Trump's EPA pick says he will support, enforce Chesapeake Bay cleanup, seek more funding
President Donald Trump's pick to head the powerful U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told confirmation hearing members he would seek federal funding to continue the long state-federal cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.

As attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt had joined an unsuccessful lawsuit by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and others that had claimed the agency did not have the power to order states to adopt cleanup limits as part of the bay cleanup.
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But addressing senators before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Friday as part of his confirmation hearing, Pruitt said of the bay cleanup, "That process represents what should occur--for states to join together and enter into an agreement to address water quality issues. And as it relates to enforcing that (agreement), I can commit to you that, in fact, I will do so."
I think what he said is consistent. The EPA has no ability to force the states to adopt particular limits, but it does have a role in enforcing limits that states adopt among themselves. It's going to be an interesting 4-8 years/

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