The National Home Builders Association filed suit in Pennsylvania court Friday contesting the EPA’s authority to define specific pollution limits for the Chesapeake Bay.
The Chesapeake Bay—which fails to meet federal clean water standards and is the subject of a decades-long clean-up project—was placed on a “pollution diet,” which requires states to limit pollution levels for rivers that drain into the bay or face federal sanctions.
EPA regional spokesman David Sternberg issued a statement regarding the agency’s decision to limit pollution levels from Chesapeake tributaries to a “total maximum daily load (TMDL).” "Clean water is our shared obligation to the watershed's 17 million residents and countless communities," Sternberg explained. "In addition to the significant environmental and economic benefits of a healthy bay, the actions taken under the TMDL will help clean rivers and other waterways throughout the watershed, supporting local economies and recreational activities."
The American Farm Bureau, the Pennsylvania Farm bureau, and numerous other agriculture-advocacy groups have filed similar lawsuits against the EPA policies; while a variety of environmental groups, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, have petitioned the courts to be included as an interested party in the case.