- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 16, 2011

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia congressman who has been critical of the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay is attempting to block funding for the project.

Rep. Robert Goodlatte has introduced a continuing resolution to prohibit the use of federal funds for the EPA to implement its so-called pollution diet for the environmentally hobbled bay. It’s expected to come to a vote Wednesday.

The 6th District Republican told The Associated Press he thinks the EPA is attempting a “major power grab” by implementing programs that traditionally have been left to the states.

Goodlatte’s proposal came under harsh attack from bay advocates.

The Chesapeake Bay’s drainage basin covers 64,299 square miles in the District of Columbia and parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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