WASHINGTON -- While some sources say that legislation to renew funding for the existing state revolving loan program that helps finance sewage treatment plants is all but dead for this year, others are not so quick to write it off.

A controversy between state and local governments and environmentalists over wetlands management has stopped the bill in its tracks for several weeks. The bill would authorize about $25 billion over five years for the revolving loan fund program that states use to leverage tax-exempt bonds to help build treatment plants.

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