EPA cuts could be costly to Tennessee

Proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency could shut off the spigot that funds many drinking water projects in Tennessee.

Booming Lebanon is an example of a community that could be hurt.

“Getting these projects done in the next two years is not a want; it’s a need,” said Jeff Baines, commissioner of public works in the Wilson County city east of Nashville. Lebanon’s population jumped from 20,235 in 2000 to 30,262 in 2015, and the growth shows no signs of slowing.

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