Florida opposes Chesapeake Bay restoration plan
By Jennifer Portman
The state of Florida is siding with the American Farm Bureau and other pro-agricultural and development groups trying to block a plan to restore water quality in the Chesapeake Bay.
Attorney General Pam Bondi, along with attorneys general in 20 other states, filed a brief Monday with the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, asking that it overturn a lower federal court ruling upholding the legality of the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint. The blueprint is a state and federal effort aimed at restoring local rivers, streams and the threatened Mid-Atlantic bay.
The Farm Bureau and National Home Builders sued the Environmental Protection Agency to overturn the water pollution limits on which the blueprint is based, but a federal judge in Pennsylvania found the limits – known as total maximum daily load - were legal. In a 99-page ruling, the judge also praised the “cooperative federalism” between the six bay states, the District of Columbia and the federal government.