Federal water cleanup funds may be cut

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Environmental groups and public water quality managers are warning about funding cuts proposed by the Bush administration. They say the state of Vermont could be out $2.4 million in funding for efforts to clean the state’s lakes and rivers.

The U.S. House already has passed the reductions in a clean water fund earmarked for states. Money from the fund has been used in Vermont and elsewhere around the country to build and upgrade municipal sewage treatment facilities.

The measure is up for committee action in the Senate this week. A spokesman for Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy says the senator hopes the funding cut can be restored.

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