Two state agencies in dispute over health of the Susquehanna

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 29, 2013 4:15 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission says people who are concerned about the health of the Susquehanna River should contact their senators and congressmen, since the state's environmental agency won't place the river on a path for clean-up.

The unusual dispute between two state agencies began Monday when the Department of Environmental Protection said it won't list a part of the river as impaired, or severely polluted.

On Tuesday the Fish & Boat Commission responded that DEP "has been unwilling to openly reveal the science that guides them" and that discussion between the two agencies "cannot continue unless DEP is forthcoming with their data."

The commission says citizens and Congress should appeal to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The DEP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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