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EPA Official Stirs Fear Over Future Of Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Efforts

“Environmentalists and politicians worry Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts could be weakened, if not doomed, days after the federal official overseeing that work called an agreement to reduce water pollution an “aspirational” goal and not rules to be enforced.

They say the federal Environmental Protection Agency, through its Annapolis-based Chesapeake Bay Program office, plays a central role in guiding water quality improvements across the big estuary’s watershed. Under the EPA’s supervision, six states and the District of Columbia in 2010 agreed to significantly reduce pollution by 2025; the EPA pledged it would step in if they didn’t meet the goals.

So it stirred significant concern when Dana Aunkst, the bay program’s director, suggested Friday that’s no longer the case.”

Scott Dance reports for the Baltimore Sun January 7, 2020.