Maryland Will Sue Pennsylvania to Protect Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts

Governor Hogan has directed the State Attorney General to pursue legal action against Pennsylvania and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over failed Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts.

Pennsylvania’s Bay cleanup plan has been heavily criticized by environmental activists that claim it under-funds needed restoration efforts by $250 million. They also find fault with the EPA who they say has not done enough to force Pennsylvania into contributing more to reach its 2025 cleanup goals.

The Hogan administration says that Maryland is the leader when it comes to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, and believes other states must share the burden to make impactful change.

“We have a generational responsibility to protect the Bay, and we simply cannot afford to fall short of these shared obligations,” writes Governor Hogan. “Therefore, I ask that you commence litigation against the EPA and Pennsylvania, and in close coordination with the Maryland Department of the Environment.”

According to a press release:

In August, after watershed states submitted their final Chesapeake Bay clean-up plans to the federal administration, the governor expressed “alarming concerns” about Pennsylvania’s lack of progress on clean water goals and called on the EPA to use its robust oversight powers to hold states accountable.“Pennsylvania, which is under ‘enhanced’ or ‘backstop’ federal oversight due to failed pollution reduction efforts, has proposed a draft Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) under which it would fall drastically short of its agreed-upon 2025 pollution reduction targets,” writes Governor Hogan. “The EPA currently appears to have no intention of taking the necessary action to ensure Pennsylvania’s compliance with its commitments.”

Read the full letter to the Attorney General for more information.