by Melissa Nann Burke, The Detroit News

Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE

Washington — The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says he “fully supports” President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon cuts to a popular Great Lakes cleanup program, despite his proposal last month to reduce its budget by 90 percent.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s commitment came under questioning Tuesday by Rep. David Joyce of Ohio, the top Republican on the House Appropriations subcommittee, where Wheeler was testifying.

“I love the Great Lakes and completely agree with President Trump last week when he announced we’ll fully fund the Great Lakes initiative,” Wheeler told lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

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