Farm Bureau States Case on Chesapeake Bay Regulations

The American Farm Bureau Federation believes the Environmental Protection Agency violated the Clean Water Act when it issued its Total Maximum Daily Load regulation for the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed. The group says states in the watershed - not the federal government - are authorized by law to decide how best to achieve water quality goals. That's the case attorneys for Farm Bureau during a lengthy session before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Staff from several state Farm Bureau organizations within the watershed - as well as more than a dozen Pennsylvania farmers - were on hand to show support for the legal challenge. AFBF General Counsel Ellen Steen says the Judge was active in her questioning and told the parties not to expect a quick decision.

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