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Pennsylvania eyes $500M from feds for environmental program

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state Senate committee in Pennsylvania is approving legislation to use federal coronavirus relief aid to revive a program designed to help clean up waterways, improve outdoor recreation and preserve open space.

The bill, approved 10-1, on Tuesday, would inject the Growing Greener program with $500 million from the American Rescue Plan Act signed by President Joe Biden in March. The bill still requires approval from the full Senate and House before it could go to Gov. Tom Wolf.

The money likely would have to come out of the $2.4 billion left over from the American Rescue Plan Act. That had been set aside to balance next year’s budget.

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