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Chesapeake Bay Foundation says pollution control regulations creating thousands of jobs

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 5, 2012 8:40 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Friday, January 6:

Earlier this week on Radio Smart Talk, the National Federation of Independent Business said federal regulations were hurting small businesses and in turn costing them jobs. 

Meanwhile, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation released details of a report that claims environmental regulations actually create jobs instead of eliminating them. The report looked at two decades of reports and finds no support for the claim businesses along the bay's tributaries, like the Susquehanna River, have been hurt by such policies. Foundation President Will Baker says anti-pollution measures, such as upgrades to sewage treatment plants and farm runoff controls, could actually save money and create jobs in the long run.

The Foundation estimates more than 100,000 jobs could be created across the bay's watershed. New federally mandated pollution controls aim to curb the amount of wildlife-killing nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment that are washed downstream into the bay. But, some local governments and businesses have opposed the regulations, citing the costs.

Appearing on Friday's Radio Smart Talk will be William Baker, the president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Foundation's Executive Director of Pennsylvania, Matthew Ehrhart.

View the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's job report


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