(RICHMOND, VA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation's (CBF) Virginia Assistant Director and Senior Attorney Peggy Sanner issued this statement following Circuit Court Judge C.N. Jenkins' decision rejecting CBF's arguments that Commonwealth regulations should require the largest animal operations to fence cattle out of streams.
"The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is disappointed in Judge Jenkins' ruling. While the judge recognized that Bay restoration is important, he emphasized the limited nature of his ruling saying that because the statute was ambiguous the Department of Environmental Quality and State Water Control Board were entitled to make this judgment call.
"The science is clear. Cows allowed to defecate in and around local waterways are a significant source of pollution that damages aquatic life, puts human health at risk, and is even harmful to the cows in the waterways. Ultimately it is Virginia's responsibility to the citizens of the Commonwealth to ensure clean water.
"CBF will closely review the decision before deciding on next steps."