CBF Issues Statement on Concerns over EPA Memorandum
March 31, 2020
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation today sent a letter EPA expressing deep concern about the ramifications of a recent decision that EPA would not take enforcement action against entities that claim, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to be unable to comply with their obligations under federal law, federal permits, EPA administrative orders, and judicial consent decrees.
CBF Weighing All Options to Oppose Weakened Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Economy Standards
March 31, 2020
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is considering all options to oppose the final rule weakening vehicle greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards the Trump administration unveiled today.
CBF Urges White House to Pause Public Comment Period for Federal Rules during National Emergency
March 23, 2020
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation urged the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to ensure all citizens can participate in the federal rulemaking process by pausing the comment periods for non-emergency pending and proposed new regulations, and postponing all related hearings, until President Trump lifts the national emergency declaration he issued March 13.
CBF Commends Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Measure Farmers’ Conservation Efforts
March 12, 2020
Sens. Bob Casey and Shelley Moore Capito and Reps. Marcia Fudge and Glenn Thompson have introduced companion bills in the Senate and the House that direct the Department of Agriculture to measure, evaluate, and report on the effectiveness of its conservation programs.
White House Bid to Weaken Environmental Reviews Would Ignore Climate Change, Restrict Citizen’s Input
March 10, 2020
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation today filed comments opposing the Trump administration’s dangerous proposal to ignore climate change when evaluating the environmental and community impacts of major projects requiring federal approval.
CBF Appreciates Sarbanes Leadership Moving Bill to Renew Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails Network
February 26, 2020
The House of Representatives today overwhelmingly passed legislation spearheaded by Rep. John Sarbanes and supported by 15 bipartisan original co-sponsors to reauthorize the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network through 2025.
CBF Calls on EPA to Honor Its Commitments and Enforce the Clean Water Act
January 29, 2020
By taking no action to hold Pennsylvania accountable, EPA has failed to adhere to the commitment to use its existing statutory authorities, abdicating its responsibilities under the Clean Water Act.
CBF Preparing to Sue EPA
January 27, 2020
That EPA failed to take any action to hold Pennsylvania accountable for its inadequate clean-up plan puts the success accomplished with the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint over the last ten years in jeopardy.
CBF Statement on Senate Passage of Bill Renewing and Increasing Funding for Federal Bay Program
January 10, 2020
The U.S. Senate last night passed a wide-ranging conservation bill that includes crucial provisions to reauthorize EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program and fund it at $90 million annually through 2025.
CBF Issues Statement on Bay Clean-Up Testimony Today
January 8, 2020
Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles today told Congress the goal of implementing the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load, also known as the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, by 2025 is legally enforceable and that Maryland is prepared to sue EPA if the agency fails to enforce it.
CBF Statement on White House’s Flawed Proposal to Revise Environmental Review Process
January 8, 2020
The Trump administration today proposed sweeping changes to the environmental review process that would effectively exclude climate change from the impacts federal agencies must consider when evaluating major federal actions like large-scale infrastructure projects.
CBF Statement on EPA Enforcement of the Bay Clean Water Blueprint
January 3, 2020
Today at the Chesapeake Bay Commission meeting, Chesapeake Bay Program Director Dana Aunkst said that the goals of restoring the Bay by implementing the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint were merely aspirational and not legally enforceable.
CBF and NGOs Sue EPA Over Attempt to Restrict States’ Clean Air Efforts
November 22, 2019
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation today joined a coalition of NGOs filing suit to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to withdraw the Clean Air Act waiver previously granted to California’s Clean Cars program.
EPA Proposal Would Hurt State Efforts to Protect Local Waters
October 21, 2019
Today we submitted written comments opposing an Environmental Protection Agency proposal that would hamstring the ability of states to protect water quality from pollution caused by federally licensed or permitted projects such as pipelines, dams, and power plants.
Oversight at Risk under EPA's Latest Proposed Changes to Coal Ash Storage and Reuse Rule
October 15, 2019
(WASHINGTON, DC)—As the Environmental Protection Agency considers a second round of changes to federal rules governing the storage and reuse of coal ash, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation submitted written comments raising concerns about how the proposed changes threaten the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the people who live there.
CBF Opposes WOTUS Actions
September 12, 2019
Today, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized the first step in their plan to repeal and replace the Waters of the United States Rule.
CBF Statement on Offshore Drilling Ban Passing U.S. House
September 11, 2019
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act (H.R. 1941), which bans oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts
CBF Statement on Trump Administration’s Changes to the Endangered Species Act
August 12, 2019
Today, the Trump administration published rules stripping key provisions from the Endangered Species Act regulations.
CBF Issues Statement on Increased Funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program
June 25, 2019
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Instead of decreasing funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program by 90 percent, as the Trump Administration proposed, the House increased funding from $73 million to $85 million.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Opposes Changes to Mercury and Air Toxics Standards
April 18, 2019
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has submitted comments to EPA opposing proposed changes to the analysis underlying the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.
CBF Files Comments Opposing Replacement of the WOTUS Rule
April 12, 2019
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation today filed comments on the proposed replacement for the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule.
CBF Issues Statement on Trump Executive Order
April 12, 2019
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—President Trump has signed an Executive Order that benefits the energy industry and will limit the ability of states to provide critical oversight.
CBF Issues Statement on the Bay Barometer Report
April 2, 2019
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Today, the Chesapeake Bay Program released its annual Bay Barometer report, looking at 19 environmental indicators. Questions have been asked about the difference in the Bay Barometer and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's State of the Bay score, which declined in 2018.
CBF Issues Statement on Trump Budget
March 11, 2019
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Trump Administration budget proposes to reduce spending for EPA by 31 percent.
CBF Issues Statement on Proposed 90 Percent Cut to Chesapeake Bay Program
March 11, 2019
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Currently funded at $73 million, the budget proposes reducing funding to $7.3 million, a 90 percent cut.
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