Update on Challenge to Chesapeake Cleanup Plan

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There have been some recent updates and articles on the appeal of the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan, brought forward by the American Farm Bureau Federation, et. al. Today’s post from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation gives a summary of the issue, and provides links to the amicus briefs filed for the upcoming case.

The Washington Post also issued an article, listing entities involved with the cleanup plan, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia, as defenders of the cleanup plan. West Virginia has now joined with the American Farm Bureau Federation, while New York and Pennsylvania (where the case will be heard) have so far not spoken out for either side. According to the Post, twenty other states are opposed to the Chesapeake cleanup plan, and include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. However, various cities and organizations within these states have publicly defended the cleanup plan and the EPA’s authority to regulate pollution limits in the region. The case is scheduled to be heard this summer.

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