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Is EPA committed to restoring Chesapeake Bay?

  • Scott LaMar
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Airdate: Thursday, January 27, 2022

Pennsylvania is in danger of not meeting its 2025 nutrient reduction goals for the Chesapeake Bay restoration. In fact, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, the District of Columbia, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and others sued the federal Environmental Protection Agency for not forcing Pennsylvania to comply. The Bay Foundation added that Pennsylvania is more than $300 million behind in funding the effort annually.

However, Pennsylvania submitted a new plan at the end of last month the state says will meet the goals.

Meanwhile, the Biden Administration’s EPA appears to be committed to the cleanup. There were proposals during the Trump Administration to eliminate funding for the Bay project. That didn’t happen but the administration called the 2025 goals “aspirational” rather than goals to be achieved.

We’ll learn more about the federal role in the Chesapeake Bay restoration on Thursday’s Smart Talk from Adam Ortiz, EPA’s administrator for the mid-Atlantic region.

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