HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration says it is trying to address a warning by a federal official that the state isn’t appropriately enforcing safe drinking water standards.
StateImpact Pennsylvania reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the warning in a Dec. 30 letter.READ MORE: Emails Show FBI Was Looking For Extremely Valuable Civil War-Era Gold At Pa. Dig Site 3 Years Ago
In it, EPA Water Protection Division Director Jon Capacasa wrote that the state Department of Environmental Protection’s inadequate staffing caused the number of unaddressed Safe Drinking Water Act violations to nearly double from 4,298 to 7,922 over five years.$13B From COVID-19 Relief Bill Headed To Pennsylvania Governments
A spokesman for Wolf’s DEP says the agency is discussing ways to address the EPA’s concerns. Environmental advocates warn that years of budget cuts have cost DEP a quarter of its staff.
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