State officials seek more control over a federal water pollution program

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

The Connecticut River (Image: Shutterstock)

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – 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 run its own the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System.

The program regulates the release of pollutants into bodies of water by public or private entities.

Gov. Charlie Baker 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 it will commit $4.7 million to run the program.

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