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Letter Protests Goodlatte's Attempts to Keep Federal Funding from Bay Cleanup

A Virginia congressmen's bid to ban the use of federal dollars to implement the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay is the focus of a protest letter signed by more than 60 scientists, former governors and state officials.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., argues that the six states in the bay watershed have made steady progress to reduce runoff from farms, urban, and suburban areas.

In the letter released Tuesday, the signatories urged bay congressmen and U.S. senators to defeat the Goodlatte amendment, which is part of a continuing resolution to fund federal agencies.

They argue that his proposal would "severely undermine" the Environmental Protection Agency-directed effort to clean up the bay.

The letter's signers include two former governors of Maryland, environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts.

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