By Associated Press - Sunday, May 1, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - State officials are seeking more control over of a federal water pollution program.

Massachusetts is one of only a handful of states that does not administer on its own the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System. The program regulates the discharge of pollutants into bodies of water by public or private entities.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has filed a bill with state lawmakers that if approved, would allow Massachusetts to apply for permission from the EPA to run the program at the state level, with continued federal oversight.

Baker says that would give the state an “active, hands-on role” over the issuing of permits for wastewater and stormwater discharges.

The Baker administration says it will commit $4.7 million to run the program.

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