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US judge upholds EPA's Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan

September 14. 2013 9:36AM
Associated Press

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(AP) A federal judge in Pennsylvania is rejecting a bid by farm industry and home builders' groups to block U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pollution limits designed to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia Rambo ruled Friday that the EPA had the authority to set standards to reduce levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment in rivers that drain into the bay and harm its ecology.

Rambo's 99-page decision also rejected complaints that the EPA's process and science were flawed.

The EPA called the ruling "a victory for the 17 million people in the Chesapeake Bay watershed." The Chesapeake Bay Foundation called it "a great day for clean water in the region."

The American Farm Bureau, which originally filed the suit in 2011, had no immediate comment.

Associated Press

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