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Chesapeake restoration plan challenged in court

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 5, 2012 10:18 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A judge in Pennsylvania is weighing whether a federal strategy to clean up the Chesapeake Bay tramples on state's rights and uses erroneous data to set pollution limits.

Lawyers for the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Association of Home Builders and other groups on Thursday asked the judge to block the plan.

The Environmental Protection Agency created the "pollution diet" to reduce the bay's levels of nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment.

EPA attorneys argued that without strong federal oversight and threat of sanctions, states had repeatedly missed their pollution-reduction goals over the past 30 years.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the sides sparred for more than four hours in court in Harrisburg. District Judge Sylvia H. Rambo did not say when she would rule.

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