Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Budget bombshell

Trump proposes slashing Great Lakes EPA funding 97%

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MLive.com

The White House is proposing to slash EPA funding that pays for Great Lakes pollution cleanup by 97 percent, according to a budget document obtained by the National Association of Clean Air Agencies. The potential cuts are part of President Donald Trump's initial 2018 budget proposal, detailed in a U.S. Office of Management and Budget "passback" to the EPA that outlines drastic cuts to an agency Trump has promised to reduce to "tidbits" as a candidate.

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Commission: Billions needed for water upgrades

Associated Press

A Great Lakes organization wants governments in the U.S. and Canada to fund massive infrastructure upgrades to provide safe drinking water and support waterborne freight transport. Atop the Great Lakes Commission's wish list is $100 billion to fix drinking water pipes, $73 billion for wastewater treatment and $5 billion to manage stormwater.

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Flint says it can't treat its own water until 2019

MLive.com

Flint doesn't plan to treat water from the recently completed pipeline it partly owns until late 2019, but it could make final decisions on its primary and back-up sources of water in a matter of weeks, according to plans filed with the EPA. Mayor Karen Weaver told the EPA that the city needs time to carry out more extensive studies on corrosion control than were originally proposed.

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