Pa. gets mixed review on Chesapeake cleanup

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 11, 2014 2:27 AM

(Washington) -- Pennsylvania is making progress to reduce pollution into the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

But, the state is falling short of the pace needed to meet 2017 cleanup deadlines because of pesticide and other farm runoff. That's according to an analysis by an environmental group released today.

The study by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Choose Clean Water Coalition found the commonwealth met or exceeded benchmarks in four areas to help reduce pollution from storm water and wastewater treatment plants.

However, it fell short in four other areas to help limit agricultural runoff.

Pennsylvania is the largest contributor of nitrogen pollution to the watershed, caused in part by farmland fertilizers and pesticides that flow into streams after rainfall.

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  • Larry img 2014-06-11 07:28

    Our republican lawmakers are failing to provide the quality of life and standards of living all Pennsylvania citizens and business value.

    Pennsylvanians demand clean water, clean air, and clean soil.

    These values are what attract people, business, and increase incomes.

    Our governor and legislators are failing our state in making us uncompetitive.

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