December 29, 2010
CBF Issues Statement
on EPA's Pollution Budget
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) President William C. Baker today issued this statement following EPA's announcement of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, or pollution budget.
"EPA's actions today reflect a historic change in how government will restore water quality in local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay and protect the hundreds of thousands of jobs that rely on clean water. This plan includes science-based limits, clear expectations, and accountability, and is the result of years of public involvement and close cooperation between EPA and the Bay jurisdictions.
"It is clear, however, that the hardest work is still to come. The states and the District of Columbia must implement the plans through new laws, regulations, funding, and enforcement, and EPA must hold all jurisdictions accountable.
"As we saw in the development of the Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs), EPA's threat of serious consequences resulted in significant improvements to the state plans. It is essential that EPA stand firm and impose consequences if the states and the District of Columbia do not achieve the 2009 milestones due to be met by 2011, as EPA stated they would in a briefing today.
"If EPA and the jurisdictions implement the WIPs and the TMDL, history will record December 29, 2010 as the turning point in the restoration of this national treasure."
CBF's Virginia Senior Scientist Mike Gerel added:
"CBF applauds Virginia and EPA for the hard work over the past year to prepare this TMDL and the state WIP. Governor McDonnell and the Virginia legislature now have the opportunity to prove that the state's cleanup plan under the TMDL is not simply words on paper. CBF urges them to provide sustainable funding for agricultural conservation practices, facilitate partnership efforts with local governments to reduce pollution, and take immediate steps to champion better management and use of fertilizer by homeowners. The next two years will foreshadow the next 15."
CBF's Maryland Senior Scientist Jenn Aiosa added:
"CBF applauds Gov. O'Malley for committing to meet Maryland's TMDL pollution reduction goals five years earlier than its Bay state partners. At the same time we challenge Maryland to expand targeted uses of cover crops, improve stormwater management through dedicated financing and progressive permitting, and hold the line on pollution from future growth."
CBF's Pennsylvania Agriculture Program Manager Lamonte Garber added:
"The Bay TMDL offers the new Administration an opportunity to place Pennsylvania in a leadership role by ensuring compliance with PA's comprehensive pollution control laws. By making this a priority, as reflected in the state's TMDL clean-up plan, Governor-Elect Corbett can dramatically reduce pollution not only to the Bay but also the Commonwealth's rivers and streams."