Maine DEP not affected by government shutdown

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(WAGM) - While the government shutdown of many federal agencies has had an effect on state-level offices, the Maine Department of Environmental protection isn't one of them.

Nick Archer, Northern Maine Region Director for the Maine DEP, says his department's budget was set prior to the shutdown.

"The EPA does provide us with a lot of our funding and we are a delegated state they delegate authority for us for licensing and enforcement, particularly in air and waste water," Archer said. "So those budgets were established well before the shutdown. Now if this was to go on for a very long time, then it might change things. But it hasn't affected our efforts to do our job at all."

Some 800,000 federal workers, more than half of them still on the job, will miss their first paycheck today because of the shutdown.