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[q] The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday rejected almost all of a proposed slate of tougher restrictions on pollutants discharged into the Chesapeake Bay, but regional environmentalists said they are encouraged that the federal government is focusing attention on the issue. ..[/q]

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EPA Commits to Sewage Treatment Plant Permit Limits
Tuesday, June 14, 2005


18 months after CBF began legal action, EPA responds with a commitment to establishing permit limits that reduce nitrogen and phosphorus pollution.

Signaling a new willingness to set limits on nitrogen pollution from sewage treatment and industrial plants, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced "We agree with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation" and will now require enforceable permit limits. The policy shift comes 18 months after the Chesapeake Bay Foundation filed legal action demanding the EPA set and enforce limits. The end result is a win for water quality throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

"We went to court to force EPA to require enforceable limits on sewage treatment and industrial plant pollution. Today’s announcement tells us finally they have agreed with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.” said CBF President Will Baker.

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By 2010 Chesapeake Bay initiatives will be kicking in. TMDLs, metals and nutrient reductions, however, I suspect there will be lawsuits because many of the levels will be too costly to meet. The first big date in wastewater treatment was July 88 when all WW facilities had to upgrade to secondary standards, the second big date could be around July 2010.
 
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