June 28, 2011
CBF Issues Statement on the National Homebuilders Suit to End Bay Restoration
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement concerning the lawsuit filed late yesterday by the National Home Builders Association against EPA. The national lobbying organization, which bills itself as the "voice of the housing industry," filed a lawsuit in federal court asking that all efforts to implement pollution limits for the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries be stopped.
"One has to believe that real success in Saving the Bay is close at hand when yet another national lobbying organization files suit to stop the restoration effort.
"Meaningful pollution reduction will require all to do their part, including those who build new houses. This lawsuit is yet another attempt by a special interest to avoid responsibility for their part of the total pollution loading. Apparently, they want to maximize profit for their narrow interest and force everyone else to bear the burden of dirty, unsafe water.
"With Bay scientists predicting that this summer's dead zone might be the fourth largest since records have been kept, now is hardly the time to reverse the course of Bay restoration."