September 11, 2020 at 02:13AM

repost from @chesapeakebayfoundation

BREAKING: Today, along with Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Maryland Watermen’s Association, and Robert Whitescarver and Jeanne Hoffman, we’re suing EPA for failing to meet its responsibilities under the Clean Water Act. Underscoring the damage this will cause for Bay restoration efforts, Attorneys General in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and DC will also file a separate suit.

A little backstory: After years of commitments made and promises broken, the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint was developed in 2010. It was to be a different, new day for restoration efforts. The Blueprint contained pollution limits for each Bay jurisdiction, state-specific plans to achieve those limits, two-year milestones to provide transparency, and a commitment from EPA to impose consequences if the plans were insufficient, or implementation incomplete. Implementation was to be completed by 2025.

The Blueprint is working. Pollution is decreasing and, over time, the dead zone is getting smaller.

DC and West Virginia have achieved their 2025 goals. Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware have plans to achieve the 2025 goals. But full implementation will be crucial.

Pennsylvania, and to a lesser extent New York, have plans, but they fall far short of the mark and lack funding to get the job done. EPA accepted these deficient plans.

For CBF, litigation is a last resort. CBF, its partners, and the Attorneys General have twice formally offered to meet with EPA and discuss the claims, but EPA did not respond.

Some have suggested we kick the can down the road and extend the 2025 deadline, but that would be a slap in the face to all who have worked to achieve the deadline, the states that are making the investments necessary to get there, and a clear violation of the Clean Water Act. The Blueprint is not just about clean water. Taking the actions to reduce pollution will support local businesses, create jobs, and provide additional environmental and public health benefits—all of particular importance in our current national public health and economic crisis.

The courts must ensure that EPA does its job. #SaveTheBay https://instagr.am/p/CE_Fuz2g2sG/

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repost from @chesapeakebayfoundation BREAKING: Today, along with Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Maryland Watermen's Association, and Robert Whitescarver and Jeanne Hoffman, we’re suing EPA for failing to meet its responsibilities under the Clean Water Act. Underscoring the damage this will cause for Bay restoration efforts, Attorneys General in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and DC will also file a separate suit. A little backstory: After years of commitments made and promises broken, the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint was developed in 2010. It was to be a different, new day for restoration efforts. The Blueprint contained pollution limits for each Bay jurisdiction, state-specific plans to achieve those limits, two-year milestones to provide transparency, and a commitment from EPA to impose consequences if the plans were insufficient, or implementation incomplete. Implementation was to be completed by 2025. The Blueprint is working. Pollution is decreasing and, over time, the dead zone is getting smaller. DC and West Virginia have achieved their 2025 goals. Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware have plans to achieve the 2025 goals. But full implementation will be crucial. Pennsylvania, and to a lesser extent New York, have plans, but they fall far short of the mark and lack funding to get the job done. EPA accepted these deficient plans. For CBF, litigation is a last resort. CBF, its partners, and the Attorneys General have twice formally offered to meet with EPA and discuss the claims, but EPA did not respond. Some have suggested we kick the can down the road and extend the 2025 deadline, but that would be a slap in the face to all who have worked to achieve the deadline, the states that are making the investments necessary to get there, and a clear violation of the Clean Water Act. The Blueprint is not just about clean water. Taking the actions to reduce pollution will support local businesses, create jobs, and provide additional environmental and public health benefits—all of particular importance in our current national public health and economic crisis. The courts must ensure that EPA does its job. #SaveTheBay

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