Federal Judge Grants CBF Motion to Intervene in Bay Pollution Diet (TMDL) Lawsuit

October 13, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Vice President for Litigation Jon Mueller issued this statement following the decision by Federal Court Judge Sylvia Rambo to allow CBF and its partners, along with municipal waste and water associations, to intervene in the Bay pollution diet (Total Maximum Daily Load or TMDL) lawsuit. That lawsuit, brought by the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Association of Home Builders, and seven other national agricultural lobbying organizations, sought to overturn pollution limits set by the states and EPA and prevent the states from implementing the pollution reduction programs necessary to restore local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. Those groups also opposed CBF's motion to intervene.