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Bay activist groups sue EPA

by Tom Chillemi

Read a complete copy of the 41 page lawsuit. Just click here.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being sued by watermen associations, former officials and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) because EPA’s “failure to comply with the Chesapeake Bay Agreements and the Clean Water Act has led to the continued degradation of water quality in the Chesapeake Bay,” according to the suit.

Organized by CBF, the 41-page lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

Plaintiffs who filed the lawsuit include the Virginia Waterman’s Association, based in Deltaville; the Maryland Watermen’s Association of Annapolis, Md.; the Maryland Saltwater Sportsfisherman’s Association; and former State Delegate W. Taylor Murphy of Warsaw, who also is a former Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources.

Among other things, the lawsuit asks the court to order EPA to “implement programs to reduce nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment discharged from all point sources within the Bay Watershed.”

posted 01.06.2009

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