Saving The Bay
April 21, 2014 8:52 AM Subscribe
Why Are Twenty Far-Away States Trying To Block The Cleanup Of The Chesapeake Bay?
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After 30 years of attempts, a serious initiative to save the bay exists in the form of an EPA-led plan that limits the amount of agricultural nutrients entering the bay. This pollution causes the "dead zones
" in the bay, which are so low in oxygen virtually no animal life can survive.
A group of twenty-one Attorneys General, including the AG of Alaska and Wyoming, "argue that the cleanup plan raises serious concerns about states’ rights, and they worry that if the plan is left to stand, the EPA could enact similar pollution limits on watersheds such as the Mississippi." Their actions are in line with the wishes of The American Farm Bureau, a powerful agricultural interest group.
In 2009, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation sued the EPA
, saying the agency had “abdicated leadership and weakened regulations that would have reduced pollution.” The lawsuit was settled in 2010, the same year that the EPA released its current bluebprint for restoring the bay. This is the plan now under attack from the twenty-one AGs.