Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, joined by the Attorneys General of Delaware, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, today filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its failure to require Pennsylvania and New York to develop and implement plans to achieve 2025 Chesapeake Bay restoration goals. The suit asserts that EPA has abandoned its responsibility to ensure that certain states uphold their obligations under the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement to reduce pollution levels to restore local waters and the Bay in the allotted timeframe. The complaint highlights that “EPA’s actions threaten the future restoration and health of the Bay, and the livelihoods of the millions who use the Bay as a multi-purpose resource.” The Chesapeake Bay Foundation filed a similar lawsuit coinciding with the one filed by Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Under the Clean Water Act, EPA has a nondiscretionary duty to “ensure that management plans are developed and implementation is begun by signatories to the Chesapeake Bay Agreement to achieve and maintain” the Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The TMDL is a comprehensive “pollution diet” aimed at restoring clean water in the Bay States that sets limits for nitrogen and […]
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