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EPA cuts could affect local environment

Jan 10, 2018 1:45 pm
Tom Wilber reports in the Poughkeepsie Journal says the proposed federal cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency have state environmental officials worried about pollution in New York. President Donald Trump is proposing cutting the agency’s budget by 31 percent and eliminating a quarter of the agency’s 15,400 jobs. EPA cuts "will have an impact on our efforts to protect public health and the environment," Basil Seggos, commissioner of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, said. Locally there are Superfund sites that the EPA monitors in Cairo in Greene County, High Falls in Dutchess County, and Nassau in Rensselaer County, among others. "What's at stake here is drinking water," Roger Sokol, director for the Division of Environmental Health Protection with New York State Department of Health, said. “[EPA chief] Scott Pruitt is obliterating protections,” said Judith Enck, the former EPA Region II administrator who lives in Rensselaer County. “He is back-benching important science and will not allow the agency to enforce the existing laws on the books.” Read the full story in the Poughkeepsie Journal.
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