Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Drastic cuts

Trump budget eliminates Great Lakes cleanup funds

WhiteHouse.gov

MLive.com

Great Lakes restoration funding is altogether eliminated in President Donald Trump's first formal budget proposal as part of $2.6 billion in cuts to the EPA. Drastic cuts to the federal grants that fund pollution cleanup, watershed restoration and other work in eight Great Lakes states were expected, but the actual proposal the White House sent to Congress goes further by zeroing-out what has been a popular bipartisan program.

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EPA grants $100M for Flint water system repairs

MLive.com

The EPA has awarded a $100-million grant to Michigan to fund drinking water infrastructure upgrades in Flint, funding that had been approved by Congress and former President Barack Obama late last year. The funds are designed to allow the city to accelerate work to replace lead service lines and make other infrastructure improvements, including upgrades to Flint's water treatment plant.

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Governor: Minnesota on track to meet buffer law

Associated Press

Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday celebrated the progress of his marquee environmental initiative aimed at improving Minnesota's water quality and said he won't bow to legislative pressure to postpone its November deadline. Dayton and state officials said that nearly 75 percent of Minnesota counties are well on their way to meeting those requirements.

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