This week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released positive comments on Maryland’s progress with farm pollution, calling the state’s rules calling them “robust and well-implemented.”
The Baltimore Sun coverage of the release covers not only the positive EPA coverage, but also the other findings in its full report, citing shortcomings in enforcement and compliance.
The EPA completed its assessment Monday of farm animal pollution controls in the six-state bay watershed, by issuing reports on Maryland, Delaware and West Virginia. The agency earlier this year had rated New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
While agency press releases gave more mixed reviews of farm animal pollution reduction efforts in Delaware and West Virginia, the public statement about Maryland was uniformly positive – making no mention of problems identified in the agency’s 50-page assessment of the state’s regulations and programs.
The EPA report notes, for instance, that 98.6 percent of Maryland farms required to do so had submitted “nutrient management plans” spelling out how much fertilizer they intended to use. But only two-thirds of those farms checked had up-to-date plans and were following them, the agency review adds.