TMDL for Chesapeake Bay upheld

TMDL for Chesapeake Bay upheld

Estimated 20% of cropland would be taken out of production to meet EPA nutrient standards for bay.

AGRICULTURAL and industry organizations challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's total maximum daily load (TMDL) for the Chesapeake Bay were dealt a blow by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on July 6.

As part of the settlement for a 2008 Clean Water Act lawsuit brought by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, EPA established science-based limits (or TMDL) on the pollution fouling the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams.

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