By Tim Kowols
A bill in the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources aiming to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency has a Kewaunee County Board member worried about its future commitment to help the area with its water concerns. According to the Pensacola News Journal, U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida has garnered the support of three of his Republican colleagues to eliminate the agency and turn over those duties to individual states. The EPA’s willingness to support Kewaunee County’s efforts to address surface and groundwater issues in the region was a step in the right direction according to board member Lee Luft. Now with the agency awaiting the appointment of a new director, Luft is worried about the future of its role.
Luft says Kewaunee County has been in correspondence with the EPA, but there has been no face-to-face meeting with its officials since Senator Tammy Baldwin organized a roundtable discussion on water concerns last fall.