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Governor Hogan Statement On Federal Environmental Executive Order

Action Jeopardizes Chesapeake Bay Restoration, Environmental Efforts

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan, chairman of the Chesapeake Executive Council, released the following statement in response to the announcement of a federal executive order regarding energy infrastructure:

“This top-down order threatens to undermine good environmental stewardship. It could seriously jeopardize our historic Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts, including our regional partnership to reduce pollution and debris at the Conowingo Dam.

“From day one, our administration has worked with the federal government to ensure responsible environmental protections and safeguards when permitting dams, pipelines, and other infrastructure projects. State sovereignty should never be shortchanged under the guise of government streamlining.

“I will continue to fight to increase funding for the Chesapeake Bay and oppose attempts to erode states’ rights under the federal Clean Water Act.”

Background on Hogan Administration Efforts

Since taking office, Governor Hogan has invested a record $5 billion toward wide-ranging Chesapeake Bay initiatives. These efforts are making a difference: the Chesapeake Bay is the healthiest it has been in recorded history. Governor Hogan has led the charge against the federal administration’s proposed cuts to Chesapeake Bay funding. In a letter to leaders of Congress, he pushed for an increase in federal funding for the Bay.

In April 2018, Maryland issued a comprehensive protection plan under the Clean Water Act to ensure water quality progress as the owner of the Conowingo Dam seeks a 46-year relicensing agreement. Revised federal rules and policies should not restrict the responsible use of tools governors can use under the Clean Water Act.

Since first running for governor in 2014, Governor Hogan has been vocal about the serious sediment build up at the Conowingo Dam. The Hogan administration (the Maryland Environmental Service and the Maryland Department of the Environment) awarded a $3 million pilot project to test the quality of sediment behind the Conowingo Dam and to dredge a portion of it to determine a possible reuse and market for the materials.

Governor Hogan is chairman of the Chesapeake Executive Council. The council consists of the governors of the six Chesapeake Bay watershed states, and the mayor of the District of Columbia.

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