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Keating: Environmental Cuts Hurt Coastal Economies

Massachusetts Congressman William Keating says the tourist and fishing economies of Cape Cod and the South Shore could be hurt if funding to wastewater management is cut.

The Democrat, who represents the two coastal regions, says the US House of Representatives is set to vote when it resumes in September to cut funding to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. These funds are used to protect drinking water and maintain and improve wastewater infrastructure and management.

Improper wastewater management can cause pollution leading to wildlife deaths, poor water quality for swimming, and bans on shell fishing.

Keating plans to rally with environmental advocates and residents at Veterans Memorial Park in Hyannis Tuesday to maintain funding and regulations.

This program aired on August 8, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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