Virginia officials once again critical of EPA

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Capital Land,Ben Giles

The McDonnell administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are at it again.

Douglas Domenech, the state secretary of natural resources, slammed the EPA’s plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay, which unites six states and the District of Columbia under the guidance of the federal agency.

At a hearing in front of a House Agriculture subcommittee on Wednesday, Domenech questioned the legality of the plan, according to the Daily Press. He also complained that the EPA was not working closely enough with the states to determine plans that best fit each state’s unique situation.

Gov. Bob McDonnell has long been critical of the EPA’s efforts, but had finally come to an agreement with the EPA after a contentious process that required all seven Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions to submit plans for reducing pollution over the next several years.

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