U.S. Supreme Court decides not to look into EPA efforts in the Chesapeake Bay

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many in agriculture were disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review a lower court ruling allowing the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts in the Chesapeake Bay.While this action relates to the EPA’s “blueprint” for restoring the Chesapeake Bay, it has national implications related to the power and reach of the federal government under the Clean Water Act.“The EPA has consistently pushed the legal limits of the Clean Water Act, with the Chesapeake Bay blueprint and the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule being two of the most recent examples,” said Chip Bowling, National Corn Growers Association president , who farms on the Chesapeake Bay watershed in southern Maryland. “When Congress passed the Clean Water Act, their intention was to create balanced, practical policies to protect America’s water resources with a clear division of power between states and the federal government. In both of these cases, the EPA’s actions represent an unlawful expansion of their authority. That’s why we joined this petition on the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, and we are party to a lawsuit challenging the WOTUS rule.“We support the goals of the Clean Water Act, and we remain committed to working with the EPA and other stakeholders to protect our water resources.”last_img

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