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Trump’s EPA Wants to Cut Bay Cleanup Funding by $68 Million

Mar 03, 2017

On campaign trail, Hogan called Bay restoration “most pressing environmental issue”


Annapolis, Md. – A new Washington Post story reports that Trump’s EPA wants to cut funding for the Chesapeake Bay cleanup by $68 million.


According to the story, “The massive Chesapeake Bay cleanup project would receive only $5 million in the next fiscal year, down from its current $73 million.”


Marylanders deserve to know how Governor Hogan plans to protect the Bay cleanup project, since he described Bay restoration and protection as the “most pressing environmental issue in Maryland” on the campaign trail.


The following statement was released by Maryland Democratic Party spokesperson Bryan Lesswing:


“Governor Larry Hogan is so far mum on Trump’s plan to cut funding for the Chesapeake Bay cleanup by $68 million.”


“Marylanders deserve to know whether Governor Hogan plans to follow through on his campaign promise to protect the Bay – especially from Donald Trump, or continue to deflect and claim it’s ‘not his role’ anymore.”


“One thing is clear – by refusing to stand up to Trump, Hogan is putting partisan support for Republicans in Washington ahead of his own campaign promises.”


Trump’s War on the Bay doesn’t stop there. The New York Times reported earlier this week that the Trump plans to eliminate an environmental protection that classified the Bay as protected under the Clean Water Act.

Trump also wants to eliminate an environmental protection – Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) – that could give free reign to upstream polluters that hurt the Bay.