EPA promises tougher standards for bay cleanup

The EPA’s Chief, Lisa Jackson, discussed the Administration’s intent to purify 60% of the waters of the Chesapeake Bay in 15 years.  This initiative, as reported in the Washington Post, today came after the settlement of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s lawsuit against the EPA for not enforcing tougher standards for bay cleanup.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker called the administration’s commitment “an impressive building block” but said that “we have had these before, and we have a healthy skepticism.”

The EPA is trying to determine how much reduction is necessary to meet the targets. Then, under the agreement it signed this week, it will require six watershed states and DC to come up with pollutant reductions that bring them into compliance with those goals.

Each jurisdiction could propose its own regulations for developers, farmers, homeowners, sewage treatment plants and other polluters.

CBF Foundation President Baker will be speaking at the MACo Summer Conference in August.

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