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Cuts to LUST: Florida Among States Facing Cuts to Leaking Underground Storage Tank Program

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A federal program that funds the clean-up of abandoned and leaking underground fuel tanks could be cut if the Trump Administration’s proposed budget for the Environmental Protection Agency moves forward. It’s a cut that is of concern to Florida in particular, which is home to 15 percent of the nation's leaking tanks, and because the state's drinking water supply is more vulnerable than in most other states. 

Reporter Ledge King covers Florida and the EPA for the USA Today Washington Bureau. He joins Gulf Coast Live to talk about the EPA's LUST program, or Leaking Underground Storage Tanks, what what issues Florida could face if the LUST cuts move forward.

Matthew Smith is a reporter and producer of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live.